Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #327
Diversity submission Overlooked and Forgotten: Using an Intersectional Lens to Address Disparities for Black Girls With Autism
Monday, May 25, 2020
8:30 AM–8:50 AM
Area: CSS
Chair: Jovonne Tabb (Duquesne University)
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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