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The United States (U.S.) population is becoming increasingly diverse, with disability being prevalent among different races and ethnicities (Passel & Cohn, 2008; Vespa et al., 2020). In response, behavior analysts should engage in ongoing cultural humility to ensure their clinical practice is effective and responsive to diverse populations in order to disrupt the maintenance of ableist perceptions of people with disabilities. To date, behavior-analytic literature has yet to highlight the overlap of disability and race as it relates to clinical practice. Therefore, the current paper examines the intersectional considerations of ableism and racism in behavior analytic practices while exploring different models of disability (e.g., social model, medical model, moral model) culminating into Disability Critical Race Theory (DisCrit). Recommendations and actionable steps are provided for behavior analysts to address structural inequities by engaging in and promoting inclusive practices across organizations, service providers, research, and education. A greater understanding of the aforementioned models can begin to highlight and address some of the ableist practices in applied behavior analysis expressed by individuals from historically oppressed communities based on race, ethnicity, and disability.
Behavior and Social Issues – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2023
Keywords: Race; Disability; Intersectionality; Disability models; Disability critical race theory
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