Dear Friends and Colleagues:
as we celebrate black history month This February, when thinking about the theme of 2023’s “Black Resistance,” I can’t help but think of the similarities between black resistance and the obstacles faced by people with developmental disabilities in their quest for respect, dignity, and self-determination. not available. For black Americans and Americans with autism, the battle for justice and autonomy continues to this day.
This month, we are honored to spotlight two Black Americans whose advocacy has made a lasting positive impact on our institution and the lives of people with autism. Please refer to the. Mrs. Willie Mae Goodman When Chester Finn. Their lived experiences as Black people fighting for the rights of people with disabilities provide a unique perspective from which we can all learn.
As an agency, we are committed to fully embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion, not just during Black History Month, but year-round. A concept that gets a lot of attention these days is “cross-reactivity”. It is a framework that refers to people with multiple marginalized aspects of their identity. As a result, they can experience a unique system of oppression and disadvantage in their lives because of their multiple identities. may be a member ofThis month we can begin to consider the intersectionality associated with being black When Members of the disabled community. Intersection is a concept that we continue to explore in depth as we explore diversity within service systems and work together to ensure equitable service systems.
Kelly E. Neifeld