Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources

UCLA CART recognizes that racism and bigotry affect us all deeply and the added challenges it brings to the autism community. We are committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. You may find the UCLA CART statement on anti-racism here.

We have compiled up-to-date resources, approved by leading clinicians and designed to help you feel informed and empowered. We will continue to update this list.

UCLA CART Research Studies at Addressing Racial Disparities in Autism

Community Organizations

Working with Law Enforcement related to Autism and Race

General Anti-Racism Resources:

Talking to Children about Race:

  • 0-5 years old:
    • Academia - Article on about how young children learn race
    • American Academy of Pediatrics -  Article on how to talk to children about race
    • Bobbi Keats - We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates, illustrated by Joe Mathieu (book)
    • CNN and Sesame Street – Video town hall on racism for children and adults
    • CLC Collective - Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi (book)
    • Grace Byers - I Am Enough by Grace Byers (book)
    • Ibram X. Kendi –  Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (book)
    • Matthew A. Cherry – “Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison, an animated short film
  • 6-12 years old:
    • Tony Medina - Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina and 13 Artists (book)
    • Torrey Maldonado - What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado (book)
  • 13-18 years old:

Media Resources:

  • Podcasts
  • YouTube
    • Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man
    • UCLA BruinX - “implicit Bias | Preface: Biases and Heuristics”
    • TEDX Talks - Young, Gifted & Black with Autism with LaChan Hannon
    • Kim Riley - Out of the Shadows: Black Families With Autism Speak Out: Amidst the backdrop of unrest following the brutal murder of George FLoyd, families grapple with raising children who are black and have autism. Parents, stakeholders, and allies share perspectives of navigating life in today’s racially-charged times.

Resources for Providers/Academics:

Resources for African and Black Americans

  • Resources for Black Families related to Autism
  • Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to Engage in Self-Care
    • #ICRace Lab – Toolkit for people of color about surviving and resisting hate
    • BlackLine - A 24/7 national crisis support hotline (with a text option as well) provides a space for peer support and counseling, reporting of mistreatment, and affirming the lived experiences to those who are most impacted by systematic oppression. Operated with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme affirming lens.
    • Liberate Meditation - Meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community
    • Therapy for Black Girls – Guide for starting therapy
    • Vice.com - Self-care tips for Black people who are struggling with racial injustice and current events

Resources for Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islanders, Indian, and Indian-Americans

Resources for Christians:

  • Autism Society - Autism and faith resources
  • Tim Tebow Foundation  - This organization puts on a prom each year for individuals with disabilities called Night to Shine, which are usually put on through different churches across the U.S and now globally as well.
  • Young Life – A Christian ministry for individuals with disabilities across the life span through the Young Life organization, providing faith-based social groups for individuals with disabilities

Resources Related to Foreign-Born Americans

Resources for Jewish Americans:

Resources for Latinx and Latinx-Americans

Resources Related to Poverty and Economic Disadvantage:

  • Resources for Economically Disadvantaged Families:

Resources for White Parents to Raise Anti-Racist Children