Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Administrative Medicine


Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


ASD, short for autism spectrum disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition categorized by repetitive characteristics and social and communicative impairments. The prevalence of this condition has been steadily increasing over the last 22 years, with racial/ethnic discrepancies being prominent within the last decade. Stigma, no health care access, and language barriers are some of the speculated reasons for the incongruities. The purpose of this article is to review the identified racial and ethnic inequalities as it relates to autism-related evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment intervention for Black children and adolescent patients. Identifying these discrepancies may help improve care amongst those children affected.


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