Brief Report: The Feasibility and Effectiveness of an Advocacy Program for Latino Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Meghan Maureen Burke, Sandra Magaña, Marlene Garcia, Maria P. Mello

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Abstract

Latino, Spanish-speaking families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face unique barriers in special education advocacy. Although advocacy programs are becoming more common in the United States, none of these programs target Latino families. This is a pilot study to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of an advocacy program for Latino families of children with ASD. Using a quasi-experimental design, 40 Latino family members of children with ASD participated in this study. Results demonstrated consistent attendance, low attrition, and high participant satisfaction. Intervention (versus control) group participants demonstrated significantly increased empowerment and special education knowledge, and stronger family–school partnerships. Findings provide preliminary support for advocacy programs for Latino families of children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2532-2538
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume46
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Advocacy
  • Empowerment
  • Family
  • Family–School Partnership
  • Services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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