Photo: Young east asian person outside, craning their neck upward at a tree with brilliant orange/red leaves in autumn. At Northeastern University School of Law, Fall 2015.
LYDIA X. Z. BROWN
I have a variety of experience in grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and outreach on disability rights issues. (Here's a link to my full professional-seeming bio -- that's the page with information about public speaking and stuff like that.) Right now, I'm the chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council while suffering through a special hell known generally to the public as the first-year of law school (which is definitely a privilege that I'm there, but doesn't make it suck less) and pulling together the first-ever anthology by autistics of color with the Autism Women's Network. I've worked with a lot of other orgs in the past.* I care about intersectional social justice, because I believe absolutely that justice must be for everyone, not just us.
The blog name Autistic Hoya derives from my alma mater, where students/athletes/alumni are known as Hoyas. Blame a bunch of Latin/Greek nerds from the early twentieth century.
Outside my work in radical disability justice and disability policy, I write literary fiction and do text-based roleplay/collaborative writing. I am particularly fond of making my characters' lives suck. I'm also very much interested in and passionate about Sufi music and Ethiopian food. I have a fantastic partner, Shain M. Neumeier, a fellow autistic activist who blogs at Silence Breaking Sound.
You can learn pretty much everything else you need to know about me (and Shain) from this video. (Complete visual and audio transcription in the description.)
Contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by voice or text message at +1 (202) 618-0187. (Email and text message are strongly preferred.)
Photo: Me (young east asian person) with my partner, Shain Neumeier (young white person), holding hands while cuddling among Yogibo beanbag furniture goodness aka autistic heaven.
* As noted somewhere at the bottom of this page, nothing on this site in any way whatsoever necessarily represents the official positions or opinions of any organization I'm affiliated with now or have ever been affiliated with in the past in any capacity.