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2023 Session #2: Sankofa: Expanding A Black Family Support Group into the Midwest

February 8, 2023 1:00pm-2:30am

Sankofa is a social network that was founded in California in 2015 in order to meet the unique needs of parents of Black children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2022, family leaders in Wisconsin and Michigan began a pilot to expand the Sankofa social network to the Midwest.

In this session, two leaders of Sankofa Midwest describe the process of launching Sankofa in their region, and why it felt like an important project. You will walk away understanding the challenges faced as a parent and child with a disability in the black community, how we can support families, and how we can support each other.


Ida Winters

Ida Winters is the mother of 3 wonderful young men who all live with special healthcare needs and one who received a late diagnosis of Autism. Ida strongly believes that the only way for change to truly happen is by educating and empowering the underserved, underprivileged, underrepresented, as well as the overlooked populations, and changing the narrative from “underserved to well served”!

Ida currently works at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Waisman Center as an Outreach Associate and Family Engagement Specialist. Ida also works with the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (WI LEND) program as a Family Peer Mentor. Ida is a 2020-2021 LEND graduate and was named the Associations of University Centers on Disabilities’ WI Emerging Leader.

Elizabeth Holliday Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program, California State University Sacramento

Elizabeth Holliday Morgan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program at California State University Sacramento (CSUS). An educator by training, she holds a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has supported Early Childhood practitioners in utilizing developmentally appropriate practice and inclusion strategies since 2004. Her area of research focus includes Early Childhood and Early Intervention Services with a specific interest in under-represented populations.

She has co-authored publications titled “Narratives of single, Black mothers using cultural capital to access autism interventions in schools” in the British Journal of Sociology of Education and “Caregiver Voices: Cross-Cultural Input on Improving Access to Autism Services” published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and has several additional publications under review. Before arriving at CSUS Elizabeth worked as a researcher at the UC Davis MIND Institute. When she isn’t thinking about autism service equity, Elizabeth enjoys the theater and spending time with her family and their dog, Billie Jean.

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