The Black Side of Autism
August 25, 2021 –
Join the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) for this important workshop that will look at Autism from a cultural perspective and consider the stigma within black community.
This workshop will highlight the importance of cultural awareness when working with Black families of disabled children. Beginning with a detailed analysis and explanation of culture broadly, the presenter will lead the conversation toward helping attendees understand their cultural development and biases. Attendees will learn how their own biases can lead to “resistance” with families. Attendees will learn why cultural sensitivity is important in identifying, assessing, and providing services to autistic children and their families. The workshop will continue with the theoretical understanding of Black culture in relation to family beliefs, values, religion, and economic status and its implications for treatment. The presenter will also discuss the methods used to support parents, caregivers, and program leaders in the understanding of culture and shift their practice to be more culturally responsible. The aim of this presentation will illustrate the current state of the field in the area of cultural competence when servicing diverse communities as well as opening the door to having more providers incorporate the discussion of culture into treatment.
1. Participants will learn the importance of cultural competence and the important role it plays in the Black disability community
2. Participants will gain knowledge on how their own biases and unknown ableist views may affect their work
3. Participants will learn how to have culturally responsible discussions with the parents and educators
Speaker: Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC
President and CEO of Autism in Black Inc (https://www.autisminblack.org/)
Contact Name : SPHARC (State Public Health Autism Resource Center)
Contact Email : MCyr@AMCHP.org