Integrated Behavioral Technologies is committed to providing services to children and families impacted by autism across the state of Kansas. Many of the professional organizations within our field have made powerful public statements condemning acts of racism and discrimination, and as an agency we stand firmly in support. As protests and rallies have been sparked across the United States (as well as the globe), we find it is important to make our public statement regarding our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and support of basic human rights. The murders of black men and women including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Philando Castile, back to Tamir Rice and Eric Garner are but a small representation of the injustice of systematic racism that has been occurring throughout the history of the United States. For more information, check out https://thesocietypages.org/toolbox/police-killing-of-blacks/.
We support those who are actively working to change the systemic and ongoing violence and discrimination against individuals of color, and we are grateful that our professional organizations such as The Associaiton of Professional Behavior Analysts, Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis, and so many others have made public statements to remind us all of our role in fighting inequality. Though we specialize in services for families impacted by autism, we can still do our part to work towards eliminating racism.
Commitment to Action At IBT we are committed to doing our part in creating changes within our agency as well as in our communities. Though only the beginning and only a fraction of what can and will be done, we will: 1. Seek out and require ongoing training for consultants and direct service providers to become more culturally aware. This will allow our staff to both ensure they provide culturally-sensitive services and support families of color appropriately. 2. Work to develop publicly available video/training series presented by individuals of color discussing how their ethnicity may impact their child’s treatment services and priority for goals.
Although these actions cannot bring back all the individuals that have been lost to systematic racism, we hope to honor those who have perished as well as those who are fighting for equality on a continuous basis.
Resources For more information on the Black Lives Matter movement and #WhatMatters2020, you can visit: https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-matters-2020/ and https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/. Other resources that you may find of value include:
- https://www.apbahome.net/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1389460 (for professionals seeking training)
If you’re unsure how you can help create change, what doesn’t work, and what works, these might be of interest (compiled by Samuel Sinyangwe):
- https://www.joincampaignzero.org/research (for a full resource library)
- https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/116/21/10329.full.pdf or at (https://www.pnas.org/content/116/21/10329)
- https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56996151cbced68b170389f4/t/57e17531725e25ec2e648650/1474393399581/Use+of+Force+Study.pdf or at (http://useofforceproject.org/#project)
If you want more information on being a culturally competent practitioner, you can check out these articles:
To all individuals in the Black Lives Matter movement working for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, DeAunta Farrow, Tyre King, and so many countless others, we see you, we support you, and we stand with you.
Sincerely, The Executive Committee and Administration of IBT