A Webinar from AUCD’s Autism Special Interest Group (SIG)
Parents Taking Action:
Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with ASD
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services. Dr. Sandy Magaña will discuss the development of a culturally-based approach to addressing informational needs of Latino parents, which is essential in order to better support their children with ASD. She will present preliminary findings of a randomized controlled trial that is underway to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed model.
Presenters: Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSW
Sandy Magaña, PhD, MSW, is a professor in Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a leader in investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and among their family caregivers. Building on this research, Magaña has developed culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities, bringing the Promotora de Salud (community health worker) model to the disability world. She is in the process of leading a large two-site randomized trial of an intervention that seeks to empower Latino parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also director of the newly established Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC).