In the summer of 2015, I began an ethnography investigating the inequalities to autism diagnosis and service in metro Atlanta, GA. This project aims to investigate what individual, institutional, and structural barriers contribute to autism inequalities and how they interact with intersecting inequalities based on race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender. The project is a multi-sited ethnography designed to investigate four interlocking social processes: 1) clinical diagnosis; 2) special educational services; 3) social and cultural assistance; and 4) raising a child with autism. This project will trace unexpected social and structural formations across and within multiple sites of activity that will help contextualize and reveal the complex and intersecting mechanisms involved in shaping autism inequalities, which can inform the development of innovative intervention strategies.
In 2016, Dr. Singh received a $50,000 grant from the Center for Pediatric Research to conduct a quality of care survey and qualitative assessment of barriers to diagnosis and services offered by the Hughes Spalding Autism Clinic in Downtown Atlanta.