A Qualitative, Cross-national Analysis of the Experiences of Somali Parents Raising Children With and Without Autism

The study examined the beliefs, views, and experiences of Somali families raising a child with or without autism (ASD) in Toronto and Minneapolis. The research looked at the impact of beliefs that rates of autism are high in Somali communities. Because different cultures have different views of disability and development, this study also examined Somali parents’ beliefs and views of autism, mental health, disability, and child development. Finally, this research examined the similarities and differences in the experiences of these parents in Canada versus the United States, including their experiences with services and the possible effects on integration.