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DANYALE STURDIVANT, MSSW, LCSW Living Autism Out Loud, LLC (919) 475-3859

About me

Danyale Sturdivant, MSSW, LCSW 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).

Living Autism out loud

Living Autism Out Loud, LLC (LAOL) was founded with the goal of decreasing and eventually eliminating cultural barriers that Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) parents face when accessing supports and services for their children with autism and/or intellectual developmental disabilities. By including the “parent voice” in professional supports and services, LAOL focuses on improving family engagement with provider organizations, human service agencies and educational institutions through culturally responsive trainings, presentations, and panel discussions.

Spotlight Programs:

Every quarter we will sponsor an organization that works primarily with black and brown families around a variety of services. Our first spotlight is on a North Carolina based program called FACES. Meet Dr. Jamie Pearson:

FACES is an advocacy program for Black families raising autistic children. The mission of the FACES program is to inform and empower historically underrepresented families and caregivers of autistic children and adolescents by addressing inequities in access to support services. FACES aims to: (1) improve the quality of life for Black autistic youth and their families, (2) advance the field of education with regard to culturally responsive special education practices and policies, and (3) contribute to autism research by teaching and learning from families, community partners, and related service providers. The FACES program works towards this mission by conducting parenting groups, community events, and helping Black families with autistic children connect to support services, and more.

Dr. Jamie Pearson developed the FACES program as part of her research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her doctorate in Special Education. Dr. Pearson's FACES team consists of four North Carolina State University (NCSU) graduate research assistants (doctoral students), one NCSU undergraduate assistant, a doctoral-level research partner, a master-level research partner, and a post-bac research assistant. The FACES team looks forward to working with you. Please feel free to visit our website and social media pages as well.

Don’t forget to visit our website at and please check out FACES by clicking on the blue hyperlink above.

Warm Regards,

Danyale Sturdivant, MSSW, LCSW

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