Connecticut students with ‘emotional disturbances’ face high rate of suspensions
Patrick Skahill and David DesRoches, WNPR, May 19
An analysis of state data by Connecticut Public Radio shows that students with emotional disturbances are four times more likely to be thrown out of class than the average student. During the 2017-18 school year, roughly one-third of these students were suspended or expelled — more than any other disability by a wide margin. Additionally, black students get the “emotional disturbance” label at a rate twice as high as all other racial and ethnic groups combined, and these students face potentially life-long consequences that include higher dropout rates and a lower likelihood of post-secondary education, according to the National Center for Special Education Research.
Autism diagnosis: Latinos face obstacles
Annika Darling, CT Latino News, May 16
Latinos are the fastest-growing population in the U.S., yet they have the lowest autism diagnosis rate. The earlier a child is diagnosed with autism, the better the long term outcome, yet when Latino children are diagnosed with autism, they tend to be diagnosed, on average, 2.5 years older than non-Latino children. For families that primarily speak Spanish, the barriers include a shortage of Spanish-speakers who specialize in diagnosing and treating autism.
Black men not at higher risk of dying from prostate cancer, study finds
Shamard Charles, NBC News, May 23
For African American men, the risk of dying from prostate cancer is the same as that of white men when access to care and treatment are equal, a new study finds. This casts doubt on the widely held belief that, when it comes to African American prostate health, genetic factors play a larger role than health disparities. The results of the study were published in the journal JAMA Oncology.