The ‘Western’ Disease: Assisting Families in the Somali Diaspora Impacted by Autism

Sirad Shirdon Talk to a Somali-American anywhere in the US. Chances are high that they know of a child and/or children who are on the Autism Spectrum.  Many Somali mothers have been impacted by a diagnosis, which is unfamiliar to many in the community, and have struggled in accessing resources, in large part due to…

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“Can I Take the Hijab Off?”: Developing Safe Spaces for Somali Children in Mainstream Classrooms

  Sirad Shirdon In September, my two nieces began school at a local Montessori school, a far cry from their previous school: a charter school in Columbus with questionable educational quality. The charter school she attended, like many in North Columbus, has a large Somali student population.  In recent years, Somali parents in the US…