S6E6 – Black & Autistic

In this episode, Jenn and Daren bring to light April as Autism Acceptance Month by highlighting the unique experience of being Black and neurodivergent, focusing specifically on autism. In the first segment, Jenn shares her own experience of being a Black neurodivergent person and conversations she has had online with Black autistic people around their difficulties in understanding social cues. Daren highlights the importance of including a young Black lesbian woman named Journey on the Netflix show “Love on the Spectrum.”

In the second segment, Daren foregrounds the conversation in the history of the autism diagnosis, defining the spectrum of autistic disorders (ASD) and how non-white people have been largely diagnosed later (or not at all) in comparison to white people.Jenn focuses on the real challenges Black autistic people face throughout their lives and in every area of society, including institutional dangers.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren offer resources and support networks that people can take advantage of including organizations like The Color of Autism Foundation and social media platforms like Dr. Sam (_simplysr on TikTok).

Reference Material:
* CDC: Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder – https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html#:~:text=Autism%20spectrum%20disorder%20(ASD)%20is,%2C%20 moving%2C%20 or%20 paying%20 attention
* Why Do Black Children With Autism Get Diagnosed Late? – https://childmind.org/article/why-do-black-children-with-autism-get-diagnosed-late/
* Autism now more common among Black, Hispanic kids in US – https://apnews.com/article/how-common-is-autism-e38179682e2759b0aff9c017bf7ebf61
* Healthline: For Neurodivergent Black Adults, What’s in a Diagnosis? Nia’s Story – https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/nias-adhd-autism-story
* TIME: Black, Disabled and at Risk: The Overlooked Problem of Police Violence Against Americans with Disabilities – https://time.com/5857438/police-violence-black-disabled/
* The Color of Autism Foundation – https://thecolorofautism.org/
* The HollyRod Foundation – https://hollyrod.org/
Autism Society Screening & Diagnosis for BIPOC Communities – https://autismsociety.org/february-resources-black-history-month-screening-diagnosis-for-bipoc-communities/
* Dr. Sam (_simplysr on TikTok) https://www.tiktok.com/@_simplysr
* S5E7 – Black Mental Health Check-In – https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/s5e7-black-mental-health-check-in
* S4E10 – Mental Health Awareness Month Debrief – https://soundcloud.com/thatblackcouple/thatblackcouple-season-4-episode-10-mental-health-awareness-month-debrief

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