Students in the television management program at Drexel University in Philadelphia have partnered with social worker Karen Krivit to produce a new video series on African American families who have children with autism.
The videos have the goal of helping families, particularly African American families, understand and overcome the emotional and other challenges associated with finding out that a child has autism. The two videos chronicle the experiences of five African American families in Philadelphia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 68 children is affected by autism. But often Black children with autism spectrum disorders are not diagnosed as quickly as White children. Thus, Black children and their families often do not receive the services they need on a timely basis in order to help them deal with autism spectrum disorders.