Prioritizing Decolonization When Engaging with Indigenous Communities


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Thursday, July 21, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description:

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN; Indigenous) children are at high risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, including developmental delay, learning disabilities, and conduct disorders. Major risk factors, in addition to low socioeconomic status, are the loss of traditional child-rearing practices due to historical trauma, racism, and oppression. Prioritizing decolonization and Indigenization in service delivery to foster resilience, well-being, and identity in AI/AN peoples is critical to addressing educational inequities and providing culturally responsive service. This presentation will discuss settler colonialism and how it continues to impact Indigenous populations in the Americas and worldwide. 

This event is sponsored by AUCD's National Training Directors Council and the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.


Joshuaa D. Allison-Burbank, PhD, CCC-SLP

Joshuaa D. Allison-Burbank, PhD, CCC-SLP

is Diné and Acoma Pueblo. His clans are Tł'ógi, Parrot Clan (Acoma), Tó'áhani, and Yellow Corn (Acoma). Joshuaa is a licensed speech-language pathologist and previously worked at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Tsé Bitʼaʼí, Navajo Nation. He continues to provide developmental services to Navajo families enrolled in the Navajo Nation Early Intervention Program. His research interests include community assessment, parent coaching, assessing the effects of stress on neurodevelopment, and the prevention of developmental delay in American Indian children. Joshuaa has held several leadership positions recently including vice chair of the Multi-Cultural Committee (MCC) within the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and co-chair of the Native American Caucus within the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Allison-Burbank is based at the Johns Hopkins office in Albuquerque, NM.


Learning Objectives: 

After this webinar, participants will:

  • Define settler colonialism and how this process impacts indigenous populations today.
  • Demonstrate understanding of historical trauma and the intergenerational transmission of grief and stress in Indigenous people.
  • Explore how they can prioritize decolonization efforts when working with Indigenous communities.

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