Leicester researchers working to develop understanding of autism in South Asian families

A new project led by the University aims to develop and evaluate online videos to educate families from the South Asian Community in Leicestershire about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The research was announced during World Autism Awareness Week which ran between 27 March and 2 April. The research, funded by the Carlton Hayes Charitable Trust and led by Dr Michelle O’Reilly from the University of Leicester’s Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, in collaboration with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, will develop a number of online video resources.

These resources will be created to help families from the South Asian community have a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The materials will be developed in a range of South Asian languages, which reflects the cultural diversity of Leicester and the recognition that English is not the first language for a significant proportion of the population of Leicestershire.

The study will be running until September 2017.