- C. GAVIN
Thank you so much for so candidly sharing your story as a mother of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I could sympathize with several of the topics/issues you brought up during your presentation, but yet your experience as a single parent and a woman of color takes the parenting of a child with special needs to a different level of challenges. Thank you for creating the awareness needed to change our system/culture for the better. You are doing an awesome job!
Listening to stories like yours make me feel hopeful that we can change the world for our special needs kids a little at a time, so they can live their best lives.
-B Stelzer, M.S.
Danyale is a gifted communicator of the “lived experience” of a parent of color, highlighting the specific cultural needs of BIPOC children and families that are too often overlooked or poorly understood by providers and the system as a whole. Her perspective and insights are a gift to BIPOC parents and service providers alike, offering a personal perspective that is supported by solid and trustworthy research. The universe of autism is enriched by this critically important conversation.
- K. Millman
First, I want to thank you so much for everything you shared today! You were a wealth of information both about disability and advice for up-and-coming doctors/healthcare providers and also from the perspective of being a Black mother raising a son on the autism spectrum and the additional challenges and concerns and barriers that you face because of this.
I really enjoyed the presentation at the fall conference, it was definitely one of the highlights for me! Your presentation gave me deeper insights into how differently the processes we go through each day can be viewed by parents and how I can better reach out to parents and partner with them. I've found myself thinking about what you shared as I prepare for many of the parent meetings I've attended since.
In the Fall of 2019, I was enrolled in a graduate level course at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and Ms. Sturdivant was a parent co-instructor. Throughout the course, Ms. Sturdivant shared her past and present experiences as a mother of a Black son with Autism Spectrum Disorder along with her approach to managing future interactions. The manner in which she told her story was captivating, honest, and emotional. It was impossible to not engage. I, along with many of my classmates, wish we had more opportunity to talk, ask questions, and collaborate with Ms. Sturdivant. In the Fall of 2021, I was fortunate enough to be the teaching assistant for the same course as a doctoral student and work directly with Ms. Sturdivant. Working alongside her was inspiring. Once again, her presentation of her story was seen as one of the most beneficial and influential aspects of the course. She is engaging and impactful, and I highly recommend Ms. Sturdivant to present and share her wealth of knowledge and experiences.
I have had the pleasure of co-instructing a master’s course on families and teams with Danyale for two course sessions thus far. Danyale is an amazing presenter. Whether she is sharing her personal experiences or teaching about models for effective, culturally responsive family partnerships, I have witnessed students engaging with undivided attention. Danyale is open, honest, and brilliant in her presentation style and in her ability to address even the most difficult questions. I strongly recommend Danyale as a highly effective and impactful presenter and storyteller.
Jessica Amsbary, PhD
J. Amsbary, PhD