Reflections of New Minnesotans: Idil Abdul


Idil Abdul is a Somali American mother advocating for her autistic son, and other children, especially those from low income and immigrant homes. She is the founder of the Somali Autism Foundation.

In this interview, Idil talks about her frustration and denial when her son was first diagnosed; and her wake up call. Listen as she transitions from never knowing about autism to learning everything she now knows about it through “Google University”. She talks about the specific challenges faced by non-English speaking parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism.

“First you are in denial, then you question everything. Then you get very angry.”

[Audio below]