Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #71
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Advancing Racial Equity in Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism as a Case Example
Saturday, May 27, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Area: DEI; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas)
CE Instructor: Brian Boyd, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: BRIAN BOYD (University of North Carolina)
Abstract: In many ways, autism research is at a crossroads. There are debates over the language used to describe the condition, the interventions provided to those who are autistic, and who should have a voice in articulating any future research agenda. In these debates, we sometimes fail to acknowledge that autistic people and their families are not a monolithic group and can occupy multiple minoritizing identities. These multiple minoritizing identifies, such as being black and autistic, can affect their access to quality services, life experiences, and outcomes. Thus, there have been increasing calls to better center equity within autism research and practice to address long-standing disparities that exist along socioeconomic and racial lines. This presentation will (a) highlight research that demonstrates existing disparities; (b) discuss strategies for advancing racial equity within clinical practice, including within ABA-based interventions; and (c) describe a path forward for autism research and practice.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Researchers and Clinicians

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the state of autism research showcasing existing disparities; (2) Describe strategies to promote more culturally focused care; (3) Discuss ways to better center equity within autism research and practice
BRIAN BOYD (University of North Carolina)
Brian A. Boyd is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor in Education in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was previously the Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas. Dr. Boyd is quite engaged in research that involves the most vulnerable, and often marginalized, populations. As a special educator by training, much of his research has involved the development and evaluation of evidence-based practices that could be implemented within school and home contexts. His more recent work has focused on how issues of implicit bias and race affect the outcomes of children with and without disabilities. Dr. Boyd’s research has been continuously funded by federal agencies such as the Institute of Education Sciences and National Institutes of Health. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the International Society for Autism Research and Co-Editor of the Journal of Early Intervention. He also serves on multiple national boards that are dedicated to improving the outcomes of autistic persons and those from historically underserved communities.



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