A three-part series on Autism in the local Latino and Spanish-speaking immigrant community published in this newspaper will be honored today by New America Media, a national association of ethnic media outlets.
The bilingual series “Major Hurdles for Latino Parents with Autistic Children,” written by EGP Staff Writer and Spanish-Section Editor Gloria Angelina Castillo, focused on the lack of culturally relevant information for monolingual Spanish-speakers in the Greater East Los Angeles area.
The 2013 New America Media Ethnic Media Award winners were announced on Feb. 28, and listed Castillo as the winner in the print category for Outstanding Reporting on Health and Health Care.
The three-part series was published in May 2012 at about the same time public health officials started calling the disability a “pandemic.”
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Castillo interviewed autism experts, community advocates, researchers, public figures, as well as parents and children for the special report that underscored the greater need for data, tools and resources to help Latino parents advocate for their children with autism. Castillo’s series pointed out the severe lack of outreach and Spanish language materials directed at the Latino population, by government and health agencies, as wells as national and local autism advocacy groups.
The series was published last year in both English and Spanish in all 11 of Eastern Group Publications newspapers, and was produced in collaboration with the USC Annenberg / California Endowment Journalism Fellowships program.
New America Media (NAM), the nation’s largest association of ethnic media outlets, received over 150 individual entries from across Southern California for media outlets that serve Latino, African-American, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Armenian, Native-American, and numerous linguistically diverse Asian-American communities, according to NAM Awards Chair Odette Keeley.
The first place winners in 13 categories including Governance and Electoral Politics, Civil Liberties, International Affairs, Health, Education, Environment, Economy, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports and Community Advocacy, will be recognized tonight at an awards gala in Pasadena.
In 2011, EGP’s Castillo was part of a team of media outlets that were recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for the multi-lingual, multi-media series “Adult Health Center Cuts Devastate Elderly, Disabled,” which earned an Honorable Mention in the Consumer/Feature (large) category for the joint project that included EGP, LA Beez, New America Media and the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting.
To read the series: SPECIAL REPORT: Latino Parents With Autistic Children Face Major Hurdles