Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard


The purpose of this study was to investigate what autism is like across the globe. Autism is a developmental disorder that is associated with social difficulties, restricted and repetitive behaviors. The prevalence of autism diagnoses had increased significantly in the United States. Since autism impacts every aspect of an individual’s life, it is important to understand the implications an autism diagnosis has on the individual and the family. Additionally, culture is a strong force in life. Culture shapes social expectations and the way behavior is perceived. Therefore, the study reviewed previous research that investigated autism in a variety of cultures. The core symptoms of autism remained consistent across the globe, however, stigma experienced, healthcare, education, and financial support looked different around the world.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis