Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC

Conversations with Joy: On being an actually autistic behavior specialist

Conversations with Joy: On being an actually autistic behavior specialist

The Autism in Black Podcast is hosted by Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC and focuses on all things autism and the black parent experience. Our goal is to educate, support, and empower black parents to advocate not only for their children but themselves as well. Today we are joined by Joy Johnson who is a behavior specialist, inclusion specialist, autism advocate, and is actually autistic. Joy shares her experience of growing up autistic and how she got into the ABA field.  She talks about having those hard conversations with your child and how there are certain considerations that should be thought about when having these conversations. Joy also talks about how parents can avoid ableism and treating their adult children their age. She talks about the importance of ABA, especially from a cultural standpoint. She also talks about how the white narrative of autism impacts the black autistic community. And how important it is to help your child navigate adulthood.   Resources mentioned Instagram: @joyfjohnson Website: Hashtags you can follow to interact with the black actually autistic community:  #blackandautisitic #autisiticblackpride #autisticadult #actuallyautistic   The official hashtag for the podcast is #aibpod  You can find us on twitter @autisminblack Instagram @autisminblack Facebook @autisminblk Join the Autism in Black Podcast Community – here For more information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit the website at

Duration: 39 min

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