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Disparities in the Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

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August 19, 2010


Division of Special Populations (DSP), NICHD; NIH Autism Coordinating Committee


Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10, NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland


Heterogeneity in ASDs has long been recognized. There is increasing evidence that ASDs are often diagnosed several years after the onset of symptoms. This pattern of delayed and sometimes missed ASD diagnosis may be exacerbated among medically underserved racial and ethnic minorities. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s 2009 Strategic Plan for Research Opportunities identified improved screening and assessment, including the development of sensitive and efficient clinical diagnostic tools for diagnosing ASD in widely diverse populations, such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, females, and younger and older age groups, as an important research area. To address this research opportunity, this symposium will bring together experts in the field of ASD to discuss assessment with particular emphasis on children of diverse backgrounds. The workshop was planned in consultation with the NIH Autism Coordinating Committee resulted from the efforts of a trans-NIH planning committee.

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Dr. Regina James, DSP, NICHD
Phone: (301) 435-2692

Last Reviewed: 11/30/2012
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