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Episode 8: Despite the Barriers, There’s Joy

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
GUEST: Stephanie Keeney Parks, PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology | University of California, Los Angeles


As language, perceptions and social mores change at a seemingly faster and faster rate, it is becoming increasingly difficult for communicators to figure out how to refer to people with disabilities. This style guide, developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University, is intended to help. It covers almost 200 words and terms commonly used when referring to disability.


OUR GUEST: Stephanie Keeney Parks

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Stephanie is a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Anthropology, where she studies medical/psychological and linguistic anthropology. She also holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Stephanie’s research centers on the everyday lives of Black parents who have children with autism. She is also interested in the process of diagnosing a Black child with autism, as well as the healthcare disparities these families face. Stephanie is interested in centering the Black parent’s narrative and experience as the expert to decenter white ideologies on health, healthcare, disability, and Black culture. Her research stems from her experience as a Black woman, wife, and mother of two children. Stephanie’s oldest child is diagnosed with autism.


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