UWM Autism Researcher Relies on Collaborations Across U.S. and Africa

Elizabeth Drame’s study of autism has taken her from classrooms in Wisconsin and New Orleans to Senegal, Ghana and Kenya.

And to a discovery: The challenges faced by autistic children and their families are similar, no matter where they live.

Kids are segregated because of their disability, even though they would learn more if they were not. Teachers often aren’t well trained. And there is a near constant worry about resources and acceptance.

“It’s very similar,” the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor told me. “And there often is a lack of community acceptance of the kids — the stares, the comments, can be very difficult.”

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