Lydia X. Z. Brown’s talk will focus on how disabled people’s cultural work, community building, and leadership offer necessary interventions for liberation work everywhere from the streets to the ivory tower, grounded in intersectional theory and practice.
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. Currently, they are a Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, defending and advancing the educational civil rights of Maryland students with psychosocial, intellectual, and developmental disabilities facing disproportionate discipline, restraint and seclusion, and school pushout, as well as Founder and Co-Director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, which provides direct support and mutual aid to individual autistic people of color. Learn more at autistichoya.net.