|Lydia Brown (viewer's left), laughing and pointing at Quentin Masten (viewer's right), who has a giant stretchy purple spiky ball wrapped all over their head. Photo by Lucas Vizeu.|
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.
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, Ethiopian food, and twentieth-century Balkan political history. I guess I'm the person who posts pictures of myself to the internet as I pet random cats and dogs or stuff my face with my favorite foods at my favorite restaurants. But at least these pictures are captioned, so blind and low vision friends can also be subjected to my furry and foodie obsessions!
You can learn pretty much everything else you need to know about me 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.)
* 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.