Lydia X. Z. Brown

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This is pretty outdated (as of summer 2015) and needs to be redone, so it’s on the list of things to be done. (Note left on Sep. 2016). (Update: It’s still outdated, but I’m slowly updating this — June 2018.)

Lydia X. Z. Brown

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Northeastern University School of Law
Juris Doctor, Public Interest Law Scholar,
Concentrations in Criminal Law & Justice, and
International Law & Human Rights

Boston, MA
2015 – 2018

Georgetown University
Bachelor of Arts, Arabic (major), Psychology (minor)

Washington, DC
2011 – 2015

Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Non-Degree Student, Arabic Language & Culture Program
Center for International Educational Exchange

Amman, Jordan
Spring 2014

Teaching Experience

Visiting Lecturer, Tufts University, Experimental College – Medford, MA, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

High School Studies Program Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Educational Studies Program – Cambridge, MA, Summer 2011, Summer 2015

Teaching Volunteer, Ana Insan (I Am Human) Society for Rights of Disabled People – Amman, Jordan, Spring 2014

English Language and Civics Instructor, Compassion Immigration Ministry – Malden, MA, 2009 – 2011


Legal Experience

Student Attorney/Legal Intern (Rule 3:03 Student Practitioner Certification), Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division – Roxbury, MA, Spring 2018
Research Assistant, Northeastern University School of Law, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project – Boston, MA, Spring 2018
Legal Intern, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Washington, DC, Winter 2018
Student Attorney, Northeastern University School of Law, Prisoners’ Rights Clinic (Prisoner Assistance Project) – Boston, MA, Fall 2017
Legal Intern, American Civil Liberties Union, National Equality Center, Disability Rights Program – San Francisco, CA, Summer 2017
Legal Intern, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Prisoner Justice Project – New York, NY, Winter 2017
Legal/Public Policy Research Intern, Movement Advancement Project – Denver, CO, Fall 2016
Holley Law Fellow, National LGBTQ Task Force, Public Policy and Government Affairs Department – Washington, DC, Summer 2016
Legal Intern, Disability Law Center of Massachusetts – Boston, MA, Summer 2015

Other Work Experience

Front Desk Assistant, Northeastern University School of Law Clinics – Boston, MA, Fall 2017

Policy Analyst, Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Washington, DC, 2014 – 2015

Student Technology Assistant, Georgetown University Information Services/Academic Information and Technology Services – Washington, DC, 2012 – 2015

Disability Consultant (Autism), Mobility International USA / National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange – Eugene, OR, 2014

Legislative and Policy Intern / Victory Congressional Institute Intern, United States House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee Minority (Democratic) Staff – Washington, DC, Summer 2014

Project Assistant (Programs and Community Engagement), Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Washington, DC, 2013

Investigative Intern / American Association of People with Disabilities Intern, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Special Litigation Division – Washington, DC, Summer 2013

Community Engagement Intern, Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Washington, DC, 2011 – 2013

Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow, Institute for Educational Leadership, Center for Workforce Development / National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth – Washington, DC, Summer 2012

Consultant, Tri-City Community Action Program / Compassion Immigration Minister – Malden, MA, Summer 2011

Office Assistant (Theatre and College Counseling), Lexington Christian Academy –Lexington, MA, 2009 – 2011

Intern, Office of the Mayor of the City of Melrose – Melrose, MA, Summer 2010


Founder and Coordinator, Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, beginning 2018

Senior Editor / Project Lead, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, Autism and Race Anthology, beginning 2014

Founder and Coordinator, Georgetown University Lecture and Performance Series on Disability Justice, 2014 – 2015

Project Creator and Coordinator, Judge Rotenberg Center Living Archive and Document Repository, beginning 2013

Founder and Co-Facilitator, Autistic People of Color, Indigenous People, and Mixed Race People Facebook Group, beginning 2013
(group set to secret by member vote to shield identities; must email to request invitation)

Founder and Administrator, End Restraint, Seclusion, Bullying, and Violence in Schools (Resource and Information Page), beginning 2011

Lead Advocate, Massachusetts Autism and Developmental Disabilities Law Enforcement Training Legislation, beginning 2009

Public Service

Advisory Board Member, Ethical Autism Research Cultures and Community Engagement Project, Drexel University, funded by National Science Foundation grant no. 1737149, 2018 – Present
Community Advisory Board Member, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Postdoctoral Training Program on Health and Functioning of People with Disabilities, Brandeis University Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation grant no. 90AR5024, 2018 – Present
National Advisory Committee Member, Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities Project (Embedding II), Georgetown University, National Center for Cultural Competence, funded by Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities grant no. 90DDTI0023, 2018 – Present
Peer Reviewer, Autism in Adulthood Journal, 2018 – Present
Founding Board of Directors Member, Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, 2017 – Present / Committee of Founders, 2016 – Present
Community Representative to Task Force on Racism and Bias in the Disability Community, representing American Association of People with Disabilities, National Disability Leadership Alliance, 2017 – Present
Steering Committee Member, Disability Intersectionality Summit, 2015 – Present
Stakeholder Representative for TASH New England, One Care Implementation Council (Massachusetts Medicaid/Medicare Dual Eligible Demonstration Project), 2015 – Present
Health and Disability Partnership Public Member, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2015 – Present
Coordinator, Advisor, Founding Member, and Past President, Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective, 2014 – Present
Board Member and Senior Editor, Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, 2014 – Present
Board Member, TASH New England, 2012 – 2018 / Board Co-President, 2014 – 2016
Chairperson, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, 2015 – 2017
National Co-Chair, Equality March for Pride and Unity, 2017
External Reviewer, National Center for College Students with Disabilities Clearinghouse, Association on Higher Education and Disability, 2016
Steering Committee Member, Developmental Disabilities Policy Training Academy, Brandeis University Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, 2016
Autism Campus Inclusion Project Alumni Mentor, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, 2015 – 2016
Consultant (Long Term Services & Supports), Boston Center for Independent Living, 2016
Public Member (Gubernatorial Appointee), Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, 2014 – 2015
Undersecretary for Disability Affairs (First Incumbent), Georgetown University Student Association, 2013 – 2015
Human Rights Committee External Member, Keystone Human Services – Washington, D.C. Service Area, 2014 – 2015
Consumer Advisory Council Public Member, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development / University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, 2012 – 2015
Information and Resources Volunteer Assistant, Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, 2011 – 2014
Youth Caucus Member, National Council on Independent Living, 2012
Adult Services Subcommittee Member, Massachusetts Special Commission Relative to Autism, 2010 – 2012
Outreach and Awareness Committee Member, National Youth Leadership Network, 2012
State Policy Advocacy Coordinator, Autistic Self Advocacy Network – New England, 2010 – 2011

Grants, Awards, and Honors

Northeastern University School of Law, Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Bar Award, 2018

The Help Group’s Advance LA, Youth Advancing Achievement Award, 2018

NBC, NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z Emerging Voices & Breakout Stars, 2018

Tufts Community Union, Finalist for Professor of the Year Award, 2018

Massachusetts Bar Association, Finalist for Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship, 2018

American Association of People with Disabilities, Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, 2018

Society for Disability Studies, Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars, 2017

National Association for Law Placement / Public Service Jobs Directory, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2017

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Jameson Crane III Disability & the Law Writing Competition, Second Prize, 2017

Disability Policy Consortium, Mary Lou Maloney Award, joint honoree with Finn Gardiner, 2016

National Council on Independent Living, Diana Viets Memorial Award, 2016

Mic 50 List: Next Generation of Impactful Leaders, Cultural Influencers, & Breakthrough Innovators, 2015

Georgetown University, Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Award, “Bringing Neurodiversity to Supportive Services and Autism Interventions,” presented to American Assn. on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 2015

Georgetown University, Lena Landegger Community Service Award, 2015

Pacific Standard Magazine, 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 in the Social Sciences, 2015

Washington Peace Center, Empowering the Future Youth Activist Award, 2014

President Barack Obama, The White House, Champion of Change for Disability Rights, 2013

HSC Foundation, Finalist for Advocates in Disability Award, 2013 & 2014

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Honorable Mention for Youth Advocate Award, 2011

Additional Education and Professional Development

D.C. Regional Student Activist Training on Gender-Based Violence, Know Your IX, Advocates for Youth, 2018

Personhood and Civic Engagement by People with Disabilities: A Conference to Explore the Legal Underpinnings of Personhood and the Barriers to Participation by Persons with Disabilities in Civic and Social Life, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,  2017

Disability Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration: Perspectives on Race, Disability, Law & Accountability, Northeastern University School of Law Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer / Fellow Talila A. Lewis, Summer 2016

Prisoners’ Rights Litigation Training, Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, 2016

Community Access Monitor Training, Massachusetts Office on Disability, 2015

Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2015

Roundtable for Social Justice Leadership Action Institute, Georgetown University Center for Social Justice, Spring 2015

Deborah T. Creek Criminal Practice Institute, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 2014

Victory Congressional Internship Program, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, Summer 2014

Summer Internship Program, American Association of People with Disabilities, Summer 2013

Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Institute, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, 2012

New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College, May 2010

The U.S. in International Politics, Pre-College Program at Brown University, Summer 2009

Ethics, Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, Summer 2007

[everything below this point is outdated.]

Book Chapters


Keynote Addresses

  • The Roads Ahead: Future Directions in Disabled Subversion, Syracuse University Institute on Communication & Inclusion, Summer Institute, Jul. 2014
  • Reconstructing Special Education within a Neurodiversity Framework, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, National Center on Inclusive Education Summer Institute, Jul. 2013

Moderated, Hosted, & Chaired Discussions

  • Host, How Mass Incarceration Was Won: Indiscriminate Imprisonment of Disabled, Deaf, Black & Poor People for Profit, talk by Talila A. Lewis (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf), Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice at Georgetown University, Nov. 2014
  • Host, Human Rights Aren’t For Us: Disability & Legalized Abuse, panel discussion with Deepa Goraya, Jennifer Msumba, & Shain Neumeier, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice at Georgetown University, Oct. 2014
  • Host, Broken Bodies, PBP: Police Brutality Profiling, talk by Leroy F. Moore, Jr. (Krip Hop Nation), Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice at Georgetown University, Oct. 2014
  • Discussant, Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic Screening, Doyle Film & Culture Series, Doyle Engaging Difference Program, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Oct. 2014
  • Moderator, Interdependence & Empowerment: Supported Living Services for Adults with Disabilities, Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective, panel discussion with LaVonnya Gardner, Day Al-Mohamed, Dara Baldwin, & Mathew McCollough, Sep. 2014
  • Host, DisAbused: Rethinking the Presumption of Caregiver Benevolence, talk by Kassiane A. Sibley, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice at Georgetown University, Sep. 2014
  • Moderator, Community Forum on Accessible Transportation, Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective, panel discussion with Carol Tyson & Patrick Cokley, Jul. 2014
  • Host, Inhumane Beyond All Reason: Violence & the Troubled Teen Industry, talk by Shain Neumeier, Georgetown University, Nov. 2013
  • Discussant, Ableism & Sexism: A Discussion of Intersections, Georgetown University Women in Politics, Nov. 2013
  • Moderator, Disability & Inclusion in the Humanities, panel discussion with Elizabeth J. Grace, Renleigh Stone, Ki’tay Davidson, & Kassiane A. Sibley, Georgetown University, Nov. 2012
  • Moderator, Autistic Empowerment: The Civil Rights Model, panel discussion with Ari Ne’eman, Melody Latimer, Hope Block, Kerima Çevik, & Paula C. Durbin-Westby, Georgetown University, Mar. 2012
  • Moderator, Focus Group on Autism & Ethics, Autism NOW Center & Autistic Self Advocacy Network New England, Jun. 2011
  • Moderator, Jodi Picoult’s House Rules & Fictional Characters on the Autism Spectrum, Lexington Christian Academy Advanced Senior Research Program & Asperger’s Association of New England, Jan. 2011

Refereed Papers & Presentations

  • Inhumane Beyond All Reason: Ableism in Public Discourse & Torture Apologetics, TASH National Conference, Dec. 2014 (accepted presentation)
  • Interdependence & Disabled Sexuality with(in) Sarah Weeks’s So B. It, University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium, Nov. 2014 (accepted paper)
  • How They Hurt Us: Violence in the Academy, Syracuse University, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, Disabled & Proud Conference, Oct. 2014
  • Strategies for Anti-Violence Organizing: Where Racial Justice & Disability Rights Collide, Association for Autistic Community annual conference, Jul. 2014
  • Strategies and Considerations for Establishing a Disability Cultural Center on Your Campus, Association on Higher Education & Disability conference, co-panelist with Diane R. Wiener, Linda Wolford, Ann Luetzow, & Wendy S. Harbour, Jul. 2013
  • Deconstructing Rhetoric on Disabled (A)Sexuality, D.C. Queer Studies Symposium, Apr. 2013
  • Constructing Disability: Deviant Bodies, Deviant Minds, Disabling Societies, Ignite! Georgetown, Mar. 2013
  • Amplifying Your Voice: Strategies for Online Grassroots Advocacy, TASH National Conference, Dec. 2012
  • Bridging the Gaps of Erasure & Oppression in the Queer Autistic Community, D.C. Metro LGBTQ Studies Symposium, Nov. 2012
  • Advocacy in the Age of Social Media, Autism Network International, Autreat, Jul. 2012
  • Together We Are Stronger: The Autism Education Project and a New Collaborative Approach to Ending the Use of Restraint, Seclusion and Aversives in Our Schools and Achieving Social Justice in Our Communities, Autism Network International, Autreat Poster Session, co-author with Emily Titon, Jul. 2012
  • Autistic Characters in Literature, Lexington Christian Academy Advanced Senior Research Program, May 2011

Panel Presentations

  • From Self to System: Becoming the Future, TASH National Conference, co-panelist with Ralph Edwards, Emily Titon, Pauline, Bosman, Pat Carney, Mathew McCollough, Alexa Brill, & Keith Jones, Dec. 2014 (invited)
  • How We’re Read: Breaking the College Student Mold, Syracuse University, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, Disabled & Proud Conference, co-panelist with Jamie Burke & Justin Freedman, Oct. 2014
  • Student Run Non-Profits: Supporting the Lives of People with Disabilities & Health Conditions, Georgetown Univ. Academic Resource Center, Disability Diversity Month, co-panelist with Jen Rubino & Miloš Popović, Oct. 2014
  • Disabled & Proud in D.C., Youth Transitions Collaborative Emerging Leaders Program, American Association of People with Disabilities, co-panelist with Rebecca Cokley, Lawrence Carter-Long, Ryan Easterly, Jim Dickson, & Zoe Gross, Sep. 2014
  • #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs: Self Advocates & Family Members Navigating Social Networks & Community Supports, U.S. Dep’t of Education Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors’ Conference, co-panelist with Amy Ouellette, Alexis Nichols, Brian Howard Freedman, Leslie Kozicki, Michael Kozicki, Kelly Kelley, Keith Kozicki, Seb Prohn, and Steve Phillips, Jul. 2014
  • Transitioning from College to the Workforce, Greater Washington Internship Coalition, American Association of People with Disabilities, co-panelist with Allie Cannington & Ryan McGraw, Jun. 2014
  • White House Champions of Change for Disability Rights Panel Discussion, co-panelist with fellow honorees Zoe Gross, Zachary Garafalo, Anupa Iyer, Andrew Phillips, Desiree Moore, Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ki’tay Davidson, & Rebecca Cokley (moderator), Jul. 2013
  • Perspectives on Autism Advocacy, College of New Rochelle, co-panelist with Lisa Quintones-Fontanez, Marjorie St. Hilaire, & Edie Barasch, Apr. 2013
  • Ableism & Exclusion in Education, Georgetown University Education Week Conference, co-panelist with Ki’tay Davidson, Nov. 2012
  • Empowering Autistic Students in the Workplace, Capital Area Association on Higher Education & Disability, co-panelist with Paul W., Oct. 2012
  • Panel Discussion on the Autism Spectrum, Wellesley College, co-panelist with Sara Waltuck, Jacob Waltuck, Lianne Wilson, Julia Hardy, & Caroline B. Narby, Apr. 2011
  • Adolescence from the Perspective of Teens and Young Adults with AS, Asperger’s Association of New England AS Connections annual conference, co-panelist with Anna C. Nagy (Lert), Alex Burke, & Erika Drezner, Sep. 2010

Invited Lectures

  • Intersected Lives: Reconnecting Disability, Queerness, & Asexuality, Grinnell College, Nov. 2014
  • The Ableism Crisis: Violence, Marginality, & Disability Justice, University of Victoria, Nov. 2014
  • Beyond the Imagined Normal: Disability, Pride, & Culture, Bellevue College, Oct. 2014
  • After Pathology: Disability Justice in Queer and Trans Liberation, Columbia University, Oct. 2014
  • Autistic Empowerment: Neurodiversity in Policy and Practice, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Central Office Diversity Committee, Oct. 2014
  • Blogging, Advocacy & Activism, Syracuse University Institute on Communication & Inclusion, Summer Institute, co-presenter with Amy Sequenzia, Jul. 2014
  • No Safe Space: Violence Against Autistic People, Towson University, Jan. 2014
  • Ableism and the Violent History of Disabled Oppression, Yale University, Nov. 2013
  • Redefining Disability: Autism, Oppression, and Diversity, University of Virginia, Oct. 2013
  • Disability Is Not Apology: Ableist Metaphor as Oppressive Tool, University of California, Berkeley, Sep. 2013
  • Self Advocacy in Action, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, National Center on Inclusive Education Summer Institute, Jul. 2013
  • Deconstructing Rhetoric on Disabled (A)Sexuality, University of Washington, Seattle, Apr. 2013
  • Politicized Disability and the Crisis of Disabled Oppression, Coll. of William & Mary, Apr. 2013
  • Making Your Voice Heard: Advocacy 101, National Girl Scouts Keys to Leadership Conference on Inclusion, co-presenter with Sara Vogler, Mar. 2013
  • Amplifying Your Voice: Strategies for Online Grassroots Advocacy to Increase Awareness & Create Positive Change, Autism National Committee Annual Conference, co-presenter with Emily Titon, Oct. 2012
  • Autistic Empowerment: Neurodiversity in Policy and Practice, Consumer Action Network of DC, Sep. 2012
  • Community Organizing: Becoming a Change Agent, D.C. Advocacy Partners Program, Institute for Educational Leadership, Aug. 2012
  • Amplifying Your Voice: Strategies for Online Grassroots Advocacy, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Autism Summer Institute, Aug. 2012
  • What They Do To Us Is Intolerable! A Discussion about Restraints, Seclusion, Time Outs, & Aversives, TASH New England Regional Conference, co-presenter with Emily Titon & Gregory J. Miller, May 2012



In-Class Guest Lectures

  • The Violence of Ableism in the Academy, Libbie Rifkin, Introduction to Disability Studies (ENGL-720), Georgetown University, Oct. 2014
  • The Neurodiversity Paradigm, Karen Nakamura, Disability and Culture (ANTH-234), Yale University, Nov. 2013
  • Autism Acceptance & the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Carmen Ionela Constantinescu, Intro to Special Education (EDSP-210), Univ. of Maryland, College Park, Oct. 2013
  • Introduction to the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Susan Schweik & Jade Theriault, Independent Living (ENGLISH 198), University of California, Berkeley, Sep. 2013
  • Autistic Self-Advocacy & the Autism Rights Movement, Toby M. Long, Children with Disabilities (EDIJ-253), Georgetown University, Mar. 2013
  • Ableism & Stigma, Sylvia Wing Önder, Medical Anthropology (ANTH-250), Georgetown University, Oct. 2012
  • Disabled Identity & Disability Politics, Andrea M. Brenner, U.S. Society (SOCY-100), American University, co-presenter with Allie Cannington, Ki’tay Davidson, and Kristen P., Sep. 2012
  • Autistic Culture, Libbie Rifkin, Introduction to Disability Studies (HUMW-011), Georgetown University, Apr. 2012
  • Living Autistic in a Neurotypical World, When the Brain Has a Mind of its Own (BN905-2A), Brown University, Pre-College Program, Jul. 2009


I am an educator, activist/organizer, speaker/trainer, policy advocate, and writer focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people.
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