We have great concern for people of color whose lives have been negatively impacted by racial injustices in our country. and around the world. Yes She Can serves young women who have been excluded, marginalized, devalued, and ridiculed – because of their disabilities – but generally not threatened with their lives for their differences. Our experience motivates us to stand in solidarity with all who seek a just and inclusive society.
During our online team meetings with staff and trainees, we have discussed the murder of George Floyd, the subsequent protests and the many reasons why people are upset and angry about how people of color are treated differently. Each young woman has a different cognitive and emotional ability to process these current events. Some participants are able and interested in discussing these issues to better understand while others are either minimally aware or overwhelmed by these events. Our coaches, who are social workers, have been addressing our participants’ concerns and reactions.
Yes She Can always strives to serve women with autism regardless of race, ethnic background, immigration, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. We believe diversity is an asset.
Acceptance, compassion, inclusion and respect are our core values.
We are always seeking recommendations on ways to be more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of women of color and their families and want to address any specific training needs to help them successfully gain work and independence skills and eventual employment. Autistic women who have transitioned out of high school are fairly isolated and hidden. That is especially true for autistic women of color.
Our Girl AGain boutique welcomes and serves AG fans of all backgrounds, where we share our values with our customers. The dolls we refurbish represent 9 year old girls and they come in every skin shade. Many represent girls from US history including the Civil War period, and the mid-60’s civil rights movement. We see white girls buying black dolls, black girls taking home Hispanic dolls, and boys purchasing dolls too. Our customers seem to embrace diversity too.
We believe that a diverse community is a stronger community! Yes She Can!
We would love to hear from you.