Diversity Affirmation

Living my values.

Diversity Commitment

I strive to create an environment where you feel safe and welcome as you are.

An environment where you have sovereignty, choice, and can advocate for your needs.

Where you can communicate and be understood in whatever form that takes.

I value diversity, inclusion, equity, accessibility, anti-oppression, and compassion.

I welcome people of all abilities, diagnoses (or lack thereof), ethnicity, race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, methods of communication, body size and shape, traumas, social and economic status, spiritual and religious practice, country of origin, citizenship, geography, military status, and other areas of human experience.

Neuodiversity Affirmatitive​ Commitment to Practice

I commit to follow, to the very best of my ability, these signposts of a respectful practitioner inspired by the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective International:

  • We presume competence
  • We offer alternative and augmentative communication methods
  • We advocate for self-determination
  • We advocate for inclusion
  • We facilitate self-advocacy skills
  • We do not support ABA practice or any methodologies that teach compliance
  • We take a strengths-based approach
  • We respect each client’s autonomy
  • We respectfully appreciate intersectionality in both ourselves and our clients and work to unpack any privilege we may have
  • We are actively anti-racist
  • We are LGBTQIA+ affirmative
  • We actively seek out Continuing Professional Development (CPD), research, and learnings from neurodivergent adults
  • We use identity-first language while respecting individual clients’ preferences

Land Acknowledgment

The land that I live and work on is the traditional homeland of the Omaha, Southern Ponca, Ioway, Otoe, Missouri, and the Sauk and Fox tribes. I acknowledge that I am the beneficiary of both their hardships and their wisdom.

It is my hope that the work I do becomes one small step in the direction of dismantling the thought patterns that lead people to hurt and oppress each other.

Putting this into Practice

I read, listen to, learn from, and attend anti-racism workshops with Black teachers. I seek ongoing training and consultation with equity and inclusion facilitators, and am continually working to understand more deeply, to be trauma sensitive, and to root out white supremacy and colonial ideologies from my own thinking and actions, in order to be as inclusive and humane as possible.

I do not claim to know how to serve everyone’s individual needs. 

I do promise to listen and work together towards making that possible.

When I don’t live up to my very lofty ideals, please let me know, and help me to understand how to make it better for you.