Faculty Lecture Series: Barbara Bruno, Nasra M. Mirreh and Christina Cook

When:Friday, April 11, 2014 at Noon
Where:Student Union Ogeechee Theater

About this event:

Barbara Bruno, Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Nasra M. Mirreh, Refugee Family Assistance Program
Christina Cook, Armstrong Alumnus

"The American Disease: Assessing Barriers to Care and Community Supports for Somali Refugee Families with Autistic Children in Atlanta, Georgia"

Research indicates a link between Somali refugee children and a disproportionate rate of autism. A Somali community based organization in Atlanta has identified 28 families with one or more children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is a need to understand the cultural, linguistic, and systematic barriers that Somali refugee families with ASD diagnosed children face in accessing heath and supportive services so that services and programs can be made more accessible for this population. This presentation provides results of research conducted in 2012 and 2013 with Somali mothers of ASD diagnosed children to better understand access barriers, improve information flow on ASD to the Somali community, and develop strategies to alleviate identified barriers.

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