Haitian Mothers Open up About Autism

After noticing mothers suffering in silence, Haitian women are opening up the conversation around autism in their communities.
Yveline Alexandre, who has an autistic son, founded Autism509—a nonprofit advocating for autism awareness and services in Haitian communities worldwide.
For Haitian immigrants in the US, translating the vocabulary around autism is key, says Berthine Crèvecoeur West—the first nationally certified interpreter for Haitian Creole in the state of Georgia.
“Parents are suffering in silence because we’re told that we shouldn’t speak out, but I take every opportunity I can to speak on it,” said Jeany Sulpha, the mother of an 8-year-old.
Haitian Times

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