One of the lingering aspects of coloniality in the Americas is paternalism. In Latin America, this power structure plays out among people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through beliefs that people with disabilities need to be protected and guarded at home, and that they are unable to learn and function in society.
(ASD) is defined and the conception of autism in Latin America discussed. A description of the context in Colombia for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities and their families is provided. The parent education program called Parents Taking Action (PTA) is described. This program was implemented in the United States (US) for Latino immigrant families and then adapted for use in Bogotá, Colombia. Some of the ways the manifestations of colonialism have influenced the adaptation of this program from North to South are discussed.
Disability and the Global South, 2019 Vol.6, No. 1, 1603-1621