About

Danyale Sturdivant

Danyale Sturdivant, MSSW is a graduate of Russell Sage College and Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of North Carolina. Ms. Sturdivant has worked as a social worker for over 20 years in various settings.  Ms. Sturdivant is also the mother of a 12-year-old son who is on the Autism spectrum. After facing challenges finding appropriate providers to meet the needs of her family, she founded Living Autism Out Loud (LAOL).  LAOL strives to eliminate barriers that BIPOC parents may face when accessing services for their children with autism and/or intellectual developmental disabilities. These barriers may cause families to miss opportunities for early detection of and early intervention for disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual developmental disabilities.  LAOL seeks to eliminate these barriers through culturally responsive training to organizations and families to improve service delivery.

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Photo Credit: Will Waldron

Experience

Presentations/Speaking Engagements

North Carolina AHEC Presentation: Navigation the Complex

World of Autism Spectrum Disorder for Children and 

Adolescents of Color – A Parent’s Perspective

Presenter: February 2022 - Webinar

 

Navigating the Complex World of Autism Spectrum Disorder

For Children and Adolescents of Color – A Parent’s Perspective

Presenter: January 2022 - Webinar

 

North Carolina School Psychologist Association – Parenting a 

Child of Color on the Autism Spectrum

Presenter: October 2021 - Webinar

 

Families and Teams:  Interdisciplinary and Sociocultural Perspectives 

Center for Continuing Excellence in Education at UNC 

Co-Instructor: Fall 2021 - Online

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide: Carol Anderson

Book Presentation: Spring 2021 - Webinar

 

Navigating the Complex World of Autism Spectrum Disorder

For Children and Adolescents – A Parent’s Perspective  

Presenter: March 2021 - Webinar                    

 

PBL Course Presentation for Center for Intellectual and 

Developmental Disabilities: Parenting a Child of Color 

On the Autism Spectrum

Presenter: January 2021 - Webinar

 

Trusting Partnerships with Families of Color For online                                    

Class: Trusting Partnerships and Social Justice 

Guest Speaker: January 2021 - Webinar                                  

 

Master’s program in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support in the School of Education 

Panelist: Spring 2020

Field Instructor Appreciation Day Conference 

Panelist: Spring 2020

Community Talk Series  

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities 

Presenter: Spring 2020

Exploring Critical Race Theory in Teacher Education Programs

Poster Presentation: Fall 2020

 

Families and Teams:  Interdisciplinary and Sociocultural Perspectives 

Center for Continuing Excellence in Education at UNC 

Co-Instructor: Fall 2019


Collaborative Planning for Individualized Student Programs in Special Education NC Central University 

Guest Speaker: Fall, 2019


Autism in Our Schools:  An Interdisciplinary Perspective Focus Group 

Pilot Interviewee: Fall 2019

 

Classroom Q and A Session 

School of Education, University of NC – Chapel Hill 

Guest Speaker: Fall, 2019


SPHS 880 Autism Seminar at
University ofNorth Carolina- Chapel Hill

Guest Speaker: Spring 2019 


Study:  Exploring the Perception of Adverse Life Events and 

Professional and Social Support Among Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities – Caregiver’s Perspective 

Participant: Winter, 2018


Autism Spectrum Disorder:  Social Cognitive Interventions – Raising an African American Son UNC-CH, School of Social Work 

Guest Speaker: Summer, 2018


Parenting A Child of Color on the Autism Spectrum 

PowerPoint Presentation AHEC – Autism in the East 

Presenter: Spring, 2018


FACES Parent Advocacy  

NC State College of Education 

Guest Speaker: Spring, 2018

 

North Carolina Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and related

Disabilities Fellow (NC Lend)

Trainee: Fall 2017

 

New York State Partners in Policy Making

Participant: Fall 2015-2016