Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Paper Session #434
Diversity submission Cultural Considerations in Service Delivery
Monday, May 25, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty N-P
Area: CSS
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Shariffah Azzaam (Florida Institute of Technology)
Diversity submission 

Guidelines for Providing Residential and In-Home Services for Muslim Clients

Domain: Service Delivery
SHARIFFAH AZZAAM (Qatar Foundation)

Why isn't my Muslim client eating? Should I continue to work with my client while their caregiver prays? Do I have to change the way I teach toileting for my Muslim clients? With Islam being the second largest religion in the world and the third largest religion in America, these are questions that many service providers may find themselves asking. Service providers who will provide home-based or residential treatment to Muslim clients should be aware of common daily living practices, social expectations, dietary, and hygienic requirements of their clients who are practicing Muslims. Practicing Muslims pray 5 times a day, fast during the month of Ramadhan, may dress differently from other clients, and adhere to specific hygiene routines after using the bathroom. In order to provide ethical and culturally appropriate treatment, service providers should be aware of the practices of the practicing Muslim. In this paper the author will review basic guidelines for working with Muslim clients as well as review specific intake questions that service providers should consider asking when working with Muslim clients.

Diversity submission 

Overlooked and Forgotten: Using an Intersectional Lens to Address Disparities for Black Girls With Autism

Domain: Theory
Temple S Lovelace (Duquesne University), JOVONNE TABB (Duquesne University), Olajumoke Oshokoya (Duquesne University), Mary Comis (Duquesne University), Angela Estrada (Duquesne University)

Intersectionality is defined as the complex, interconnected way that the cumulative effects of having multiple marginalized identities present an “overlapping discrimination” that is unique and cannot be accounted for as separate identities (Crenshaw, 1989). It is at this intersection that any singular analysis of what it means to be Black or a girl or a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is insufficient. As autism disparity rates for diagnosis are reduced (Centers for Disease Control, 2018), it is increasingly clear that we must begin to examine the extent of the disparity seen in other areas, such as service delivery and research (National Center for Education Statistics, 2019; National Institutes of Health, 2019). The purpose of this study is to present a scoping review of the current literature on the intersectional examination of Black girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Figures 1, 2). The authors will present the current disparities in funding, service delivery, and educational placement (Figure 3). Lastly, the authors will present why there must be a call to action for how we consider intersectionality in order to improve the global behavior analytic support we must offer for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with Autism Spectrum Disorder.




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