Hispanic families in California often receive little information about autism or autism services, despite data that shows the number of autism diagnoses are rising rapidly in the state's Latino communities. "We're isolated. We still don't have a support system," the father of a Latino child with the disorder said. Under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis of the disorder may also be part of the problem, which is exacerbated by cultural differences and language barriers for Latinos, advocates say.

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