Lydia X. Z. Brown

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My work on intersectionality, the autistic movement, racial justice, queer and trans experiences, and disability rights has been featured in a variety of places, including as book chapters, feature articles, op-eds, and more. If you are interested in featuring or republishing my writing in your collection / website / magazine / other publication, please reach out and let me know how I might be able to contribute.

Last updated July 2021
(but please note this is a work in progress and likely missing some work)

Forthcoming Work


Short Articles, Op-Eds, Statements

Journal Articles

Book Chapters


Policy Briefs, Public Comments, Testimony


Blog Posts (not on Autistic Hoya)

Translations of my work into other languages

čeština (Czech)

Íslenska (Icelandic)

русский язык (Russian)

Miscellaneous/Other Work

(and some detailed descriptions)

“Compliance is Unreasonable: The Human Rights Implications of Compliance-Based Behavioral Interventions under the Convention Against Torture and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

Cover of Torture in Healthcare Settings publicationArticle in Torture in Healthcare Settings: Reflections on the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s 2013 Thematic Report (Juan E. Méndez and Hadar Harris, eds.) published by the Anti-Torture Initiative of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law. My article is pages 181-194 (by the page numbers). The Anti-Torture Initiative website has a copy of the full torture in healthcare settings publication on its website. My article starts on page 202 of the PDF.

ATI’s blurb about the publication:

The Anti-Torture Initiative’s first publication brings together contributions by more than thirty international experts in response to Special Rapporteur Juan E Méndez’s provocative 2013 thematic report on torture and other abusive practices in healthcare settings. The articles featured in this unique volume reflect and expand upon key aspects of the Special Rapporteur’s report as well as on implementation of recommendations contained therein. Each piece provides novel insights into essential topics and pressing issues at the forefront of the intersecting legal, medical, and policy fields. The questions raised by the Special Rapporteur’s report, and the array of innovative perspectives offered in response by each contributing author, illustrate a profound commitment to tackling the challenges that continue to arise in promoting and protecting the human rights of persons in diverse healthcare settings globally. The volume features an introduction by the Special Rapporteur on Torture, as well as articles by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, the Chairman of the UN Committee against Torture, as well as renowned academics, legal, medical, and policy experts, and human rights advocates.

Lesson Plans on Disability Justice
I wrote a set of lesson plans on disability justice for middle school and high school students, as part of Amplifier’s We The Future project in 2019.

The Moral and Legal Bases for Banning Aversive Conditioning Devices Used for Contingent Electric Shock.
Comments submitted to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, relative to Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0238. I wrote this testimony in advance of the 24th April 2014 hearing on a proposal to ban electric shock aversive conditioning devices used for behavioral modification. I gave my testimony in my capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of TASH New England. You can download the standard contrast version or the high contrast version; both are screen-reader accessible.

Three pictures. Left hand corner is a stack of brown boxes with a blue Criptiques book lying on top. Underneath is a picture of the blue Criptiques book on top of a blue Criptiques shirt and black and white sticker and button. To the right is a large closeup photo of the Criptiques cover. Photo and description from Caitlin Wood.“Disability in an Ableist World”
Chapter in Criptiques (Caitlin Wood, ed.), an anthology of essays looking at the provocative side of disability. Other contributors include Leroy Moore, Bethany Stevens, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Mia Mingus, Leslie Freeman, Riva Lehrer, and Anna Hamilton. My chapter is pages 37-46 (by the page numbers). The fantastic editor has made a free e-book version of Criptiques available to the public; my article starts on page 47 of the PDF.

Caitlin Wood’s blurb about the anthology:

Criptiques is a groundbreaking collection of essays by disabled authors examining the often overlooked, provocative sides of disability. Exploring themes of gender, sexuality, disability/crip culture, identity, ableism and much more, this important anthology provides much needed space for thought-provoking discourse from a highly diverse group of writers. Criptiques takes a cue from the disability rights slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us,” illuminating disability experiences from those with firsthand knowledge. Criptiques is for people invested in crip culture, the ones just discovering it, and those completely unfamiliar with the term.

A Critique of Disability/Impairment Simulations.
A brief paper that I wrote in February 2013. You can download the standard contrast version or the high contrast version; both are screen-reader accessible.

Facilitator’s Report for People First of Connecticut Retreat
In October 2015, I facilitated a weekend-long retreat for board members and other leaders of People First of Connecticut (statewide self-advocacy group led by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). This is the final report that I prepared after the retreat to report out on what was discussed, decided, and planned for the next year.

It’s true! New study confirms that autistic people breathe!
Reference: Sato, S., Papadopoulos, H., Jovanović, I., Sandoval, T., Muhammad, T., & Okonkwo, Y. (2013). Neural control mechanisms in respiration in children with autism spectrum disorders. International Journal of Autism Research, 38, 469-480. [Link to article abstract]

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