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Lydia X. Z. Brown

Image: Lydia Brown, a young East Asian person wearing navy blue suit and retro-patterned necktie, smiling. Photo by Rachel Mondragon, February 2017, Denver, Colorado.

Contact Lydia: lydia at autistichoya.com

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. At present, Lydia serves as founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Services, stakeholder representative to the Massachusetts One Care Implementation Council overseeing health care for Medicaid/Medicare dually-eligible individuals, and board member of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. Lydia recently completed a term as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, serving in that role from 2015 to 2017 as the youngest appointee nationally to chair any state developmental disabilities council. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Lydia is the lead editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published by the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network in June 2017.

Lydia designed and taught a course on critical disability theory, public policy, and intersectional social movements for two years as a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University’s Experimental College. Lydia has been honored by the White HouseWashington Peace CenterNational Council on Independent LivingDisability Policy Consortium of MassachusettsNational Association for Law Placement/Public Service Jobs DirectorySociety for Disability Studies, and American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2015, Pacific Standard named Lydia a Top 30 Thinker under 30, and Mic named Lydia to its inaugural list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators. Their work has been featured in numerous scholarly and community publications. Lydia is a recent graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

You can find Lydia at their websiteFacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter @autistichoya

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Lydia is available as an expert source (not for human interest or inspirational narratives) and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism

Communication availability: Text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent), Modern Standard Arabic (Intermediate/Advanced), Spanish (Intermediate/Advanced), Jordanian/Levantine Arabic (Beginner/Intermediate)

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