I am my sister's keeper
Richardson, Shaquinta Lajuana Lynea
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The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between two Black American siblings when one sibling has Asperger’s Syndrome. The study focuses critically on the intersection of race, gender, and disability within the family of the participants to understand their personal experiences related to these constructs. I used dyadic interviews, Photovoice, and participant observation through an intersectional disability critical race theory framework for this study. The study focused on two sisters within one family and their experiences as Black women, one with Asperger’s Syndrome, within their family, community, and society. I found that their sibling relationship was marked by mutual support and shared experiences. Their identities as Black women and experiences as a Black family were influenced by societal stereotypes and historical limitations placed on Black families. Extended family also played a major role in the family experience and identity development. Disability studies researchers should consider the role and impact of identity on family experiences, barriers to support and representation, and the mental health impact of intersecting marginalized identities.