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we're in this


We host family dinners, field trips, and education sessions in the Cincinnati area.  By accessing a community of support, Our Tribe families build resiliency, reduce stress and isolation, and increase their ability to persist through the challenges of life with autism. 


Culturally Competent

Therapy Groups

Our Tribe offers therapeutic groups (speech, social, OT, etc) for Black Children/Adults to allow opportunities to improve skills amongst peers. Groups will be facilitated by Black providers. 

SOcial GatheRIngS

Our Tribe hosts events and experiences specifically for the Black Autism Community. Attend for the love and understanding you have been looking for.

SuppOrt GrOups

Our Tribe hosts support groups for Black parents/caregivers. By sharing your experiences and receiving/giving encouragement with folks who truly get it, we will all get through this not only surviving but thriving. 

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Black children and adults are an afterthought within the larger, but still marginalized autistic community. Due to this, Black families are often forced to face the challenges of raising a child with autism and/or navigating adulthood alongside a person with autism alone. 

wHAT we do:

Research indicates that those with strong community ties are more resilient and less likely to experience feelings of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. A primary goal of our organization is to build community by providing opportunities to gather, support,  learn, and care for one another. We seek to provide a warm and loving environment in which families can relax and everyone is free to be themselves.

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hOw dOes it wORk?

Struggles with social cues, language, and boundaries are key characteristics of children with autism. Social anxiety is prevalent amongst the community. By hosting multiple opportunities to gather, the program seeks to provide a warm and loving environment in which families can relax and children are free to be themselves. Additionally, these gatherings can also provide children with an inviting environment in which to practice skills worked on with behavioral, occupational, and speech therapists. 

cOmmunity advisoRy boaRd

Our Tribe is led by a board a board of representatives from the Black Autism community – self-advocates with autism and family members of those diagnosed. The board are the leaders and visionaries of our work. 

Josselyn Okorodudu

Executive Director &


Mother to Kai (11). Raising Kai, who was diagnosed at 5, has been the most rewarding journey of her life. The idea of Our Tribe arose from Josselyn’s desire to create a space of love, support, and understanding for her son and for everyone else in the Black Autism Community. 

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Gwen Pierson


Self advocate with autism and mother Max (21). Gwen joined the board to share from the heart, to uplift, and to provide hope to folks who are early in their journey.

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Ebony Young


Mother to Hillary (8). Ebony joined the Our Tribe Board to leverage both her professional and personal experience to make an impact in the Black autism community.

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Latonya Chichester


Mother to Sadie (15). Latonya is passionate about ensuring that other Black families are able to avoid the rough road she had to travel with her daughter.

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Charles -Pizarro


Mother to Jadhiel (7). Marquita joined to bring more awareness to Black autism and to advocate for the futures of Black children with autism. 

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"Just wanted to say, I appreciate Our Tribe. The outings/ events gives us a place to gather without the worry of stares & discomfort. Our Tribe gives us a safe place to completely be ourselves. The support group meetings are wonderful, because I get to connect with other parents as well as learn a thing or two from shared experiences. Thank you for establishing such a group!!"
- Crystal Brown
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