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Jun 24, 2024

Kala Allen Omeiza is a prolific author at the intersection of race, culture, and autism. Her latest book, "Autistic and Black: Our Experiences of Growth, Progress, and Empowerment," has received widespread acclaim for its in-depth exploration of the unique challenges and triumphs faced by autistic individuals of minority backgrounds. She has also worked on various research projects on neurodiversity and mental health at Harvard, Duke, Harvard Medical, and as a US Fulbright scholar in Nigeria. She is a graduate of Miami University and a masters graduate of Psychological Research from the University of Oxford.

During this episode, Kala discusses:

  • What inspired her to write “Autistic and Black” and share the experiences of Black autistic people across the African diaspora
  • How she uses the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima to bring the stories in the book together
  • Her experience interviewing nonspeaking autistic individuals 
  • Writing about her own life experiences as a Black autistic woman

To find out more about Kala and her work, you can visit her website, subscribe to her newsletter, and buy her book "Autistic and Black: Our Experiences of Growth, Progress, and Empowerment".

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