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Title:Fostering Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, and Support (FACES) for African American families of children with autism: a pilot study
Author(s):Pearson, Jamie Nicole
Director of Research:Meadan-Kaplansky, Hedda
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Meadan-Kaplansky, Hedda
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Burke, Meghan; Milagros Santos, Rosa; Boyd, Brian
Department / Program:Special Education
Discipline:Special Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Autism
Advocacy
Empowerment
African American
Families
Abstract:Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families often face challenges with accessing early intervention and related services. African American children face additional challenges due to disparities in diagnoses and access to services. These disparities present a great need for parent advocacy strategies to combat barriers such as culturally insensitive service delivery, and strained parent-professional partnerships. In this sequential mixed methods study, I examined the effectiveness of a six-week parent training intervention (FACES) on strengthening perceptions of advocacy and empowerment among African American parents of children with ASD. Multiple sources of data were collected and mixed to refine the intervention and to assess the effectiveness of FACES. Results indicated that parents’ perceptions of their advocacy skills, sense of empowerment, and community support were strengthened, following the FACES program. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Issue Date:2017-04-14
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/97326
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Jamie N. Pearson
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05


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