Photo: Young east asian person outside, craning their neck upward at a tree with brilliant orange/red leaves in autumn. Boston, Massachusetts, Fall 2015.
Lʏᴅɪᴀ X. Z. Bʀᴏᴡɴ
I do a lot of varied work in grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and writing focused on disability justice, intersectionality, and activism. (Here's a link to my full "professional"-seeming bio.) Right now, I'm the chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (which makes me seem a lot more professional than I probably actually am) while suffering through a special hell known generally to the public as 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 E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu at the Autism Women's Network. I've worked with a lot of other orgs in the past (and actually still do), but I also do a shitton of work outside those formal channels.* I care about intersectional social justice, because I believe absolutely that justice must be for everyone, not just us.
(And just because most people ask, the blog name "Autistic Hoya" comes from where I went to college, where students/athletes/alumni are known as Hoyas. Blame a bunch of Latin/Greek nerds.)
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, and in fact, I teach crash courses on how to make write angst, grimdark, and bleak with a character-driven bent. I'm also very much interested in and passionate about Sufi music and Ethiopian food.
I am proud to have a fantastic partner, Shain M. Neumeier, a fellow autistic activist/attorney who blogs at Silence Breaking Sound, and is mostly known in autistic/neurodiversity community for their work at the intersection of youth, disability, and queer/trans rights and justice. 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.) Through my family (both chosen and of origin), I am the occasional human companion to a number of kitties and doges, who are all amazing floofs and flufflumps.
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 over voice call, but I can take voice calls if needed.)
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.