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Jamie Pearson

FACES for Educators: Fostering Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment and Support for Black Autistic Students and their Families

Presented By:
Jamie Pearson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, North Carolina State University
March 8, 2022

Parent-educator partnerships have been identified as one of the most important ways educators can support historically marginalized autistic youth and their families. In this webcast, attendees will learn practical strategies that they can employ to build stronger partnerships with Black autistic youth and their families. 


Following the webcast, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify strategies that facilitate ongoing communication and collaboration between families and educators.
  2. Identify tools that educators can employ to support autistic youth and their families via community-based programs and partnerships
  3. Develop a plan to reach historically marginalized autistic youth and their families in their communities.


Dr. Jamie Pearson, a former behavioral interventionist and autism program consultant, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Pearson earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she developed FACES, a parent advocacy program designed to support Black families of children with autism. Her research interests include: (a) disparities in autism identification, service access, and service utilization, (b) the impact of parent-advocacy and empowerment training on child and family outcomes, and (c) strategies to promote effective partnerships between educators and historically marginalized communities.