DSW Candidate – Savannah Higgins, LMSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15PM

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Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Black Femme Autism: Amplifying Intersectionality in Social Work Education to Address Barriers to Culturally Responsive Services

DSW Candidate – Savannah Higgins, LMSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


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Description

Black Femme Autism: Amplifying Intersectionality in Social Work Education to Address Barriers to Culturally Responsive Services

The collection of papers presented in this capstone project explores the intricate challenges surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experienced by Black women and girls. ASD, a complex neurodevelopmental condition, profoundly impacts communication, social interactions, and behavior across various contexts. However, the experiences of Black women and girls with ASD often remain unrecognized or minimized, leading to disparities in diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.

The systematic literature review uncovers prevalent barriers to culturally responsive autism services for this demographic, emphasizing the need for more inclusive research and cultural awareness among service providers. The conceptual paper proposes a critical Black feminist disability framework to better understand the intersectional experiences of Black women and girls with ASD. Meanwhile, the practice application paper outlines a course focused on diversity and intersectionality in social work education, aiming to equip future practitioners with the skills to address the unique needs of Black femme autistic individuals.

Key findings underscore the importance of embracing intersectionality within social work practice and education to advance equity and social justice. By recognizing and addressing the intersecting realities of race, gender, and disability, social workers can provide tailored support that acknowledges the diverse identities and experiences of Black women and girls with ASD. Ultimately, these efforts aim to promote inclusivity, empower marginalized communities, and ensure equitable access to support services.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the barriers to culturally responsive autism services for Black women and girls.
  2. Analyze the intersectionality of race, gender, and disability in shaping autistic experiences.
  3. Evaluate the role of social work education in promoting cultural awareness and advocacy efforts.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.