Date of Award
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Literature and Language
Based on past research of several different populations, it appears that there is a general lack of knowledge and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s). In order for people with autism to receive proper diagnosis, treatment, and have a high quality of life, it is important that everyone is aware and has high level of knowledge of autism. This study sought to measure the level of awareness and knowledge of autism with in the Hispanic community through a survey that addressed the characteristics and misconceptions of autism. The results showed that the majority of respondents correctly identified the characteristics of autism and correctly identified misconceptions as false. The results also showed that respondents had less knowledge of the misconceptions of autism than the characteristics of autism. This reveals that more information should be readily available about the misconceptions and characteristics of autism in order to ensure that those with autism are properly diagnosed, treated, and have a high quality of life.
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Daugherty, Chelsea, "The Knowledge and Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders within the Hispanic Community." (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 46. http://dc.etsu.edu/honors/46
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