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Early diagnosis of autism is crucial but it is also a diagnosis that parents dread and that can lead to finger pointing and family stress. But parents will tell you early diagnosis is just the beginning of a struggle for intervention, that's much harder if you don't speak a country's dominant language.

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For Spanish-speakers, accessing information and resources regarding autism is difficult and making time for therapies can be a challenge. However, Josefina Nieves, a single mother, is managing to raise not only one son diagnosed with autism, but two. 

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Figures from the US Department of Education indicate that Latino/Hispanic children with autism have half a chance (a risk ratio of 0.5) of being identified as Autistic and receiving services in their educational system, according to Emily Iland, president of the Autism Society of America. Disadvantaged Spanish-speaking mothers are not bad parents, they just need information to become empowered.

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