Racial Disparities in Autism: The role of race and disability stigma (On-Demand Course)



Racial Disparities in Autism: The role of race and disability stigma

► Presenter: Dr. Desi Jones

► On-Demand Course: Learners have access to the recording and materials for 180 days from the date of enrollment.

► Audience: This presentation is designed for professionals, educators, caregivers, and anyone interested in understanding disability justice, racial disparities and stigma in autism. It is particularly valuable for those committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities and workplaces.

🔓🔓🔓 (Therapy Neurodiversity Collective Members, this course is included in your membership!)


This one-hour evidence-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional development presentation aims to provide learners with a deeper understanding of the intersection of race and autism stigma. Through a comprehensive exploration of the complex factors that contribute to stigma, learners will be introduced to innovative approaches to improve the experiences and outcomes for individuals with autism, particularly within minority communities.

🎯🎯🎯 Key Topics Covered

► Autism Stigma and Societal Norms: Examine how societal values and norms contribute to the creation and perpetuation of stigma against autistic individuals. Explore the connection between cultural expectations and the marginalization of those who don’t conform to traditional standards.
► Structural Stigma in Autism: Understand the structural factors that lead to stigma in the context of autism. This section delves into institutional biases and systemic discrimination that disproportionately affect people with autism, especially those from racial and ethnic minorities.
► Autistic Internalized Stigma: Learn about the psychological impact of internalized stigma on autistic individuals, focusing on the roots and consequences of this phenomenon. Explore ways to address and reduce internalized stigma within autistic communities.
► Minority Stress and Poor Outcomes: Investigate the broader impact of minority stress on autistic individuals, highlighting the negative outcomes that arise from systemic and structural biases. Understand how stress from being part of a marginalized group can exacerbate poor health, educational, and social outcomes.
► Autistic Intersectional Identities and Stigma: Discover the intersectionality of autistic identities and how it plays a significant role in shaping experiences of stigma. This section covers the unique challenges faced by individuals with overlapping minority identities and discusses effective strategies for supporting them.
► Lived Experiences of Black Autistic Individuals and Caregivers: Explore personal stories and lived experiences of Black autistic individuals and their caregivers. Gain insights into the specific challenges and barriers they encounter and the support systems they find most effective.
► Addressing Racial Biases in Autism Research and Practice: Focus on how racial biases influence autism research and clinical practice. Learn about the steps that can be taken to reduce these biases and work toward more inclusive and equitable approaches in autism research, diagnosis, and treatment.

☑A comprehensive slide handout

☑ Course handout for reference 
☑ Certificate of Attendance for 1 hour of professional development

Dr. Desi Jones

Desiree (Desi) Jones is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Maryland. She began her career at Wellesley College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2016. Following graduation, Dr. Jones worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for two years before starting her graduate training at the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience in 2020, and received her PhD in Psychological Sciences in 2023. Her research broadly focuses on stigma, intersectionality, and autism. In 2023, she was recognized as part of Forbes 30 Under 30 Science List.

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