About the Speakers

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Hilary McClinton (she/her)

I live in British Columbia with my family, where I have supported the neurodivergent community for over 20 years. I have served on the BC-ABA board for two terms, working with colleagues to provide educational resources and disseminate applied behavior analysis. While I have been practicing as a behavior analyst for over 10 years and gain experience in many roles, I feel the bulk of my learning has occurred in the last 5 years. Within my current practice, I specialize in sleep treatment and mentoring new practitioners find their own niche. I continue to provide support for families in their homes, incorporating my training in Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). I am practicing more in line with my values as a parent, and clinician, while learning more about how I can serve compassionately, humbly, and with integrity.

Autistic Consultant Oswin Latimer (fae/faer)

Oswin Latimer, is a lifelong Autistic advocate for practices and policies of issues of importance to autistic people. As a recognized expert and leader in faer field, fae works to empower people to have a voice in the direction and quality of their lives. Faer experience in leadership, educating, research, and public advocacy for issues surrounding autistic people have made faer a highly respected consultant, public speaker, and presenter both nationally and locally. Learn more at www.oglatimer.com.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Oswin Latimer Financial Disclosures: Oswin has no financial relationships to disclose

Oswin Latimer Non-Financial Disclosures: Oswin has no non-financial relationships to disclose

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. 

Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG.

Hilary McClinton Financial Disclosures: Hilary has no financial relationships to disclose

Hilary McClinton Non-financial Disclosures: Hilary has no non-financial relationships to disclose

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of Grandbois Therapy and Consulting and a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. 

Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Learning Objectives & Course Description

In this course we will review components of allyship, including power, privilege, cultural competency, and how these components intersect with models of disability. We review the influence of intersectionality, what it means to elevate autistic voices, and steps clinicians can take to recognize and leverage privilege. This course will also review the professional humility, professional ethics, components of professional collaboration, and resources and additional readings that highlight the Autistic community’s perspectives on practice.

After attending participants will be able to:

  1. Describe concepts of power and privilege and their relationship to allyship

  2. Describe the importance of actively listening to multiple perspectives and creating equitable spaces for difficult conversations

  3. Describe the relationship between professional ethics and cultural competency

Continuing Education

This course is offered for .1 ASHA Ethics CEUs (Introductory Level, Related Area, Subject Ethics) and 1 Ethics Learning CEU.

This event will take place in a Zoom Meeting style, allowing participants to choose to leave their cameras on or off.  We ask that you please mute yourselves at the beginning of the event. 

Time Ordered Agenda

5 minute: Introductions

10 minutes: Introduction to relevant terms, including power, privilege, cultural competency, and allyship

5 minutes: Discussion of intersectionality and models of disability 

5 minutes: Discussion of the importance of creating equitable spaces for difficult conversations

10 minutes: Professional responsibility to develop cultural competence

5 minutes: Recommended next steps or committed actions attendees can take to apply learnings


The contents of this course are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!