It's time for a change!: The appreciative inquiry/bootcamp translation to address disparities in the Latino community with autism spectrum disorders

Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2019 Jan;25(1):113-122. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000242.


Objective: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is underidentified and misidentified in the Latino community, and numerous barriers limit this community's ability to access quality health care for ASD. Appreciative inquiry/boot camp translation (AI/BCT) is a novel method of community engagement that can be used within community-based participatory research partnerships. AI/BCT uses qualitative methods to uncover strategies that the community is already successfully using and develops actionable messages to increase the use of those strategies throughout the community. We describe this method and outline how it is likely to be more effective at reducing disparities related to ASDs in the Latino community than traditional methods.

Conclusion: AI/BCT is a promising method of community engagement that is responsive to cultural differences. It is a strength-based approach focused on increasing the use of strategies that already work within the community. Therefore, it has the potential to reduce health disparities in the Latino community who have loved ones with autism ASD much more rapidly than traditional methods of inquiry. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / diagnosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / ethnology*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / methods
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors