Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award

5-2012

Thesis Professor(s)

Katrina Heil

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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