Acknowledging intersectionality: An autoethnography of a black school counselor educator & father of a student with autism

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Black families and White families are affected by autism in different ways. Little scholarship acknowledges these differences, especially those communicated by Black fathers of students with autism. In this article, I share an evocative autoethnography which highlights how my cultural, familial, and occupational identities intersect and confound my experience as a Black father of a student with autism. The narrative focuses the negotiation between my son's schoolteachers and staff and my wife and I as we determine educational services in his Individualized Education Plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-162
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Negro Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017



  • Autism
  • Black families
  • Black fathers
  • Schools

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