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PUZZLE MOM- We empower, and support minority mothers and children affected by autism

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a set of neurodevelopmental disorder marked by impairments in social interaction, communication, and repetitive and stereotypical behavior, with onset developmental disruption before age three.

 

In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to data.

                           -1 in 34 boys identified with autism

                           -1 in 144 girls identified with autism

 

-Per the CDC, Black and Hispanic children continued to be less likely to be identified with ASD than White children. These differences suggest that black and Hispanic children may face socioeconomic or other barriers that lead to a lack of or delayed access to evaluation, diagnosis, and services.

 

-The reasons for disparities for minority children with ASD are numerous and may include factors related to financial and educational resources, cultural and language barriers.

 

-Early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as underlying brain development.

 

-When minority children eventually diagnosed with ASD see health-care professionals, they are more likely to receive a diagnosis other than autism.

                           (Center of Disease Control and Prevention)

Puzzle Mom strives to maximize the quality of life of minority individuals and families living with autism. We provide advocacy training, support, and connections to community resources. Our goal is to create autism awareness within under-served communities throughout Ohio. An increase in awareness could lead to a greater opportunity for individuals impacted by autism to lead prosperous, and independent lives.

Puzzle Mom will serve as a source of reliable information and support for minority mothers. We hope the results of this unique program will be sure to close disparity gaps within the urban community.

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