All Things ADHD:
How to Improve the Educational Experience of African American Students with ADHD
Featuring Joy Banks, PhD
African American students are many times more likely to be diagnosed with disabilities than their European American peers. Why does this happen? And what should schools do differently?
In this episode of All Things ADHD, Joy Banks, PhD, speaks on the overrepresentation and disparities in the treatment of African American students in special education programs specifically for students with ADHD. She also shares the steps schools must take to create environments where all students can thrive.
Joy Banks, PhD, is an associate professor of special education at George Mason University, Virginia. Previously, Dr. Banks served as the department chair for the department of curriculum and instruction at Howard University and as associate dean for research and development at Bowie State University in Maryland. Dr. Banks is committed to exploring the intersection of race and disability and how societal norms contribute to the marginalization of adolescents and young adults identified with disabilities.
For two decades, Dr. Banks has taught courses and provided international lectures on the topic of race, disability, and reading development. She has developed multiple faculty-led study abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate students in Mexico, Kenya, Cuba, and Colombia. For eight years she served as a lecturer with the Brothers of Charity (a Catholic charity organization) in Belgium.