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Keynotes & Plenaries

Bellevue College, Autism Spectrum Navigators Program, Autistics Present Symposium
“Where do we go from here? Disability Justice and Intersectional Neurodiversity”
Bellevue, Washington
October 2017

University of New Hampshire, Women’s Studies Program
“Disability Justice in the Struggle for Liberation”
Durham, New Hampshire
October 2017

Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate, Response to Hate Conference
“Disability Intersectionality and the Violence of Ableism”
Indianapolis, Indiana
August 2017

Seattle Japanese American Citizens League, Family 2.0: An API LGBTQIA+ Gathering
“Asian, Queer, Crip: Disability Justice in Intersected Lives”
Seattle, Washington
May 2017

Georgia State University Center for Leadership in Disability, Autism Conference & Expo of Georgia
“Social Justice and Autism: Challenging Injustice and Valuing Diversity” (State of the Union Keynote)
Plenary session with Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu Larkin Taylor-Parker, & Breanna Kelly (facilitator)
Atlanta, Georgia
May 2017

Ladyfest Boston
“Disability Liberation and Gender Revolutions”
Cambridge, Massachusetts
April 2017

Northeast Queer & Trans People of Color Conference
“Disability Justice in Queer/Trans/Asexual Organizing, Community, & Movement”
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
April 2017

Washington Student Association, Students of Color Summit
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm! Disability Justice and Collective Liberation”
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington
April 2017

WOW – Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre
“Intersectionality for Beginners”
Featuring panel with Kuchenga Shenje, Guppi Bola, Eleanor Lisney, Emma Dabiri, & Hannah Azieb Pool
London, United Kingdom
March 2017

Truflandi Tilvist – Ráðstefna og Hátíð (Íslenska)
Disturbing Existence Conference & Festival (Íslenska og Enska /Icelandic and English)
“Demanding Intersectionality: Disability Justice in Queer, Asexual, & Trans Organizing”
Reykjavík, Ísland (Iceland)
March 2017

Williams College, Queer Student Union, Heritage Month Keynote
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm! Disability Power in Queer, Trans, & Asexual Existence”
Williamstown, Massachusetts
November 2016

IvyQ Conference at Harvard
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm! Power & Possibilities in Disability Justice for Collective Liberation”
Cambridge, Massachusetts
November 2016

Clark College, Disability Awareness Month
“Disability Justice and Intersectionality: Revolution Cannot Leave Some(Bodies) Behind”
Vancouver, Washington
October 2016

Olympic College, Multicultural & Student Programs
“Honoring Our Bodies: How Disability Justice is Imperative for Liberation”
Diversity Speaker Series: Expanding Our Worldviews
Bremerton, Washington
October 2016

Asperger/Autism Network, The Jody Acford Spirit Conference
“More Than Neurodivergent: Neurodiversity and the Autistic Rights Movement”
Newton, Massachusetts
September 2016

Syracuse University School of Education
“Radical Access & Multimodal Participation: Disability Justice in Education”
Summer Leadership Institute on Inclusive Schools
Syracuse, New York
August 2016

New York City Special Education Collaborative
“Redesign and Rebuild It: Disability Justice Transforming Education”
Annual Education Conference at Baruch College
New York, New York
June 2016

Queer I Am Leadership Summit
“Disability Justice as Imperative for Queer Liberation”
South Puget Sound Community College, Office of Diversity & Equity
Olympia, Washington
March 2016

Campus Philly, Inclusive Leadership Conference
“Who Is It For? Disability Justice & Radical Inclusion”
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 2016

Teach for America 25th Anniversary Summit
“Practicing Disability Justice: Ableism, Mass Incarceration, and Movements for Racial Justice”
All Means All: Embracing Diverse Learners Track
Washington, District of Columbia
February 2016

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Annual Members Retreat
From Rights to Justice: Disability & Radical Inclusion”
Mi Casa Resource Center
Denver, Colorado
October 2015

Autism National Committee, 25th Anniversary Conference
“More Than Neurodivergent: Autistic Rights in Social Justice Movements”
Manchester, New Hampshire
September 2015

Inclusive Astronomy
“Beyond the Imagined Normal: Practicing Disability Justice & Radical Inclusion”
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
June 2015

People First of Connecticut Annual Conference
“Toward Disability Pride: On Ableism & Self-Advocacy”
Meriden, Connecticut
June 2015

Parent Technical Assistance Centers Meeting, Region 5
“Achieving Disability Justice: Beyond Ableism & the Imagined Normal”
PEAK Parent Center
Denver, Colorado
May 2015

Students of Color Conference
“From Self to System: Why Every Movement Needs Disability Justice”
Multicultural Student Services Directors’ Council
Yakima, Washington
April 2015

PEAK Parent Center, Conference on Inclusive Education
“Achieving Disability Justice: Beyond Ableism and the Imagined Normal”
Denver, Colorado
February 2015

Syracuse University Institute on Communication & Inclusion
“The Roads Ahead: Future Directions in Disabled Subversion”
Summer Institute
Syracuse, New York
July 2014

University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability
“Reconstructing Special Education within a Neurodiversity Framework”
National Center on Inclusive Education, Summer Institute
Manchester, New Hampshire
July 2013


Invited Lectures/Presentations/Speeches

Yale Law School
Beyond Rights: Disability Justice in Legal Advocacy
New Haven, Connecticut
September 2017

California Disability Capitol Action Day Educational Rally
“Disability, Youth, and Intersectionality”
Sacramento, California
June 2017

University of Washington, Seattle, Student Disability Commission & The D Center
Struggling with Disability Justice: Self-Work, Collective Accountability, and Community Care in the Movement
Seattle, Washington
April 2017

Oberlin College, Neurodiversity Week Series
From Acceptation to Action: Neurodiversity, Disability Justice, & Intersectionality
Oberlin, Ohio
April 2017

Westminster College, Disability and Neuroscience Event Series
“Crip Culture in the Academy: On Multimodality & Disability Justice”
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 2017

Delaware County Community College, Campus Life Office Diversity Programming
Who Is It For? Disability Justice & Radical Inclusion
Media, Pennsylvania
March 2017

College of William and Mary
More Than Neurodivergent: Disability Justice & Crip Cultures in the Neurodiversity Movement
Williamsburg, Virginia
March 2017

Boston University School of Social Work, Equity and Inclusion Board
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm! Disability Justice as Imperative for Liberation”
Boston, Massachusetts
December 2016

Framingham State University
“Redesign and Rebuild It: Disability Justice, Radical Access, and the Academy”
Framingham, Massachusetts
October 2016

Felicity House
“Autistic Empowerment: From Self-Advocacy to Systems Change”
New York, New York
May 2016

University of Pennsylvania
“Cripping Intersectionality: (Neuro)Diversity and Disability Justice”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 2016

East Stroudsburg University, Through Their Eyes Conference
“Achieving Disability Justice: Beyond Ableism and the Imagined Normal
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
April 2016

Tufts University, Coalition for Autism Support at Tufts
“Thinking Through Neurodiversity and the Disability Justice Imperative”
Medford, Massachusetts
April 2016

University of Delaware, Inaugural Mary Custis Straughn Distinguished Lecture
“Tear Down These Walls; Demand Disability Justice as/in Liberation”
Newark, Delaware
April 2016

Parent Technical Assistance Center Annual Conference, Region 1
“Disability as/in Social Justice”
Northeast Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NEPACT)
Boston, Massachusetts
October 2015

Tacoma Community College
“Beyond Ableism & the Imagined Normal”
Tacoma, Washington
October 2015

Highline College
“(Dis)Unity in Diversity Rhetoric: The Ableism Crisis & Disability Justice”
Des Moines, Washington
April 2015

University of Nebraska, Omaha
“The Disability Connection: Diversity, Inclusion, & Leadership”
Omaha, Nebraska
April 2015

Eastern Tennessee State University
“Beyond the Imagined Normal: How Neurodiversity Changes Everything”
Johnson City, Tennessee
April 2015

University of Virginia
“Beyond the Imagined Normal: Reimagining Disability in an Ableist World”
Charlottesville, Virginia
April 2015

Grinnell College, Stonewall Resource Center
“Intersected Lives: Reconnecting Disability, Queerness, & Asexuality”
Grinnell, Iowa
November 2014

University of Victoria
“The Ableism Crisis: Violence, Marginality, & Disability Justice”
Victoria, British Columbia
November 2014

Bellevue College
“Beyond the Imagined Normal: Disability, Pride, & Culture”
Bellevue, Washington
October 2014

Columbia University, GendeRevolution
“After Pathology: Disability Justice in Queer and Trans Liberation”
New York, New York
October 2014

Syracuse University Institute on Communication & Inclusion
“Blogging, Advocacy & Activism”
Summer Institute
Co-presenter with Amy Sequenzia
Syracuse, New York
July 2014

Towson University, Hussman Center for Adults with Autism
“No Safe Space: Violence Against Autistic People”
Towson, Maryland
January 2014

Yale University, Saybrook Master’s Tea
“Ableism and the Violent History of Disabled Oppression”
New Haven, Connecticut
November 2013

University of Virginia
“Redefining Disability: Autism, Oppression, and Diversity”
Charlottesville, Virginia
October 2013

University of California, Berkeley, Haas Institute for a Fair &Inclusive Society
“Disability Is Not Apology: Ableist Metaphor as Oppressive Tool”
Disability Studies Cluster
Berkeley, California
September 2013

University of Washington, Seattle, The D Center
“Deconstructing Rhetoric on Disabled (A)Sexuality”
Seattle, Washington
April 2013

College of William and Mary, Neurodiversity Initiative
“Politicized Disability and the Crisis of Disabled Oppression”
Williamsburg, Virginia
April 2013

Georgetown University, Education Week Conference
“Ableism & Exclusion in Education”
Co-presenter with Ki’tay Davidson
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2012

TASH New England Regional Conference
“What They Do To Us Is Intolerable! A Discussion about Restraints, Seclusion, Time Outs, & Aversives”
Co-presenter with Emily Titon & Gregory J. Miller
Worcester, Massachusetts
May 2012


Moderated/Hosted/Chaired

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
Organizer/Moderator for “Disability Justice & Accountable Activism as Intersectional Imperative for Liberation Work”
Panel with Talila A. Lewis, Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Shain M. Neumeier, & Ma’ayan Anafi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 2017

Yale Law School, Rebellious Lawyering Conference
Organizer/Moderator for “Disability Justice & Accountable Activism as Intersectional Imperative for Liberation Work”
Panel with Talila A. Lewis, Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, & Shain M. Neumeier
New Haven, Connecticut
February 2017

DREAM (Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring)
Guest Mentor/Facilitator for “Becoming Co-Conspirators for Radical Inclusion”
#MentoringMonday Chat, National Center for College Students with Disabilities
November 2016

Northeastern University LGBTQA Resource Center
Facilitator for “Queerness, Race, and Disability Intersections: Talkback with Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Erasure
Boston, Massachusetts
October 2016

Northeastern University School of Law
Organizer/Host for “Navigating Disability and the Legal Profession”
Panel with Salomon Chiquiar-Rabinovich, Caitlin Parton, Kate Georgen, & Shain M. Neumeier
Boston, Massachusetts
October 2015

Autism National Committee, 25th Anniversary Conference
Moderator for “Real Talk on Racism and Diversity: Radical Inclusion and the Autistic Rights Movement”
Panel with Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Kassiane A. Sibley, & Finn Gardiner
Manchester, New Hampshire
September 2015

TASH New England Regional Conference
Organizer/Moderator for “Our Voices: Self-Advocate Leadership in Inclusion Advocacy”
Panel with Max Barrows, Sarah Rizzuto, & Shain M. Neumeier
Marlborough, Massachusetts
May 2015

University of Virginia, OpenGrounds
Discussant for “Roundtable on Autism Acceptance and Self-Advocacy with Lydia Brown”
Panel with Jeremy Moody, Elizabeth Barnes, Emily Nemec, & Angela Nemecek (moderator)
Charlottesville, Virginia
April 2015

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective & Federal Communications Commission
Organizer/Moderator for “Community Forum: Disabled Perspectives on Accessible Information and Communications Technology”
Panel with Jacqueline Wunderlich, Jaggar DeMarco, Deepa Goraya, Eddie Martínez, Jr., & Scott Michael Robertson
The U.S. Access Board
Washington, District of Columbia
April 2015

Georgetown University, The Women’s Center
Organizer/Moderator for “Feminist Roundtable: Disability Justice and the Feminist Movement”
Panel with Day al-Mohamed, Rebecca Cokley, & Maria Town
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2015

Georgetown University, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice
Organizer/Co-Host for “Flexibility & Its Discontents: Rethinking Disability in Academic Spaces”
Talk by Stephanie Kerschbaum & Margaret Price
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2015

TASH National Conference, Self Advocate Forum
Moderator for “From Self to System: Becoming the Future”
Panel with Pauline Bosman, Pat Carney, Keith Jones, Mathew McCollough, & Emily Titon
Washington, District of Columbia
December 2014

Georgetown University, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice
Organizer/Host for “Critical Intersectionalities with(in) Disability, Sexuality, and Feminism”
Panel with Julia Watts Belser, Julia Lee Sanders, Karen Nakamura, & Ilana Alazzeh
Washington, District of Columbia
December 2014

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective
Organizer/Moderator for “Community Forum: Ableism in Higher Education”
Panel with Allie Cannington, Nia Lazarus, Maria Town, & Natalia M. Rivera-Morales
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2014

Georgetown University, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice
Organizer/Host for “How Mass Incarceration Was Won: Indiscriminate Imprisonment of Disabled, Deaf, Black & Poor People for Profit”
Talk by Talila A. Lewis
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2014

Georgetown University, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice
Organizer/Host for “Human Rights Aren’t For Us: Disability & Legalized Abuse”
Panel with Deepa Goraya, Jennifer Msumba, & Shain Neumeier
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2014

Georgetown University, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice
Organizer/Host for “Broken Bodies, PBP: Police Brutality Profiling”
Performance & Talk by Leroy F. Moore, Jr.
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2014

Georgetown University, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship
Discussant for Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic Screening
Doyle Film & Culture Series, Doyle Engaging Difference Program
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2014

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective
Organizer/Moderator for “Interdependence & Empowerment: Supported Living Services for Adults with Disabilities” (Community Forum)
Panel with LaVonnya Gardner, Day Al-Mohamed, Dara Baldwin, & Mathew McCollough
Washington, District of Columbia
September 2014

Georgetown University, Lecture & Performance Series in Disability Justice
Organizer/Host for “DisAbused: Rethinking the Presumption of Caregiver Benevolence”
Talk by Kassiane A. Sibley
Washington, District of Columbia
September 2014

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective
Organizer/Moderator for “Community Forum on Accessible Transportation”
Panel with Carol Tyson & Patrick Cokley
Washington, District of Columbia
July 2014

Georgetown University, The Lecture Fund
Organizer/Host for “Inhumane Beyond All Reason: Violence & the Troubled Teen Industry”
Talk by Shain M. Neumeier
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2013

Georgetown University, Women in Politics
Discussant for “Ableism & Sexism: A Discussion of Intersections”
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2013

Georgetown University
Organizer/Moderator for “Disability & Inclusion in the Humanities”
Panel with Elizabeth J. Grace, Renleigh Stone, Ki’tay Davidson, & Kassiane A. Sibley
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2012

Georgetown University
Organizer/Moderator for “Autistic Empowerment: The Civil Rights Model”
Panel with Ari Ne’eman, Melody Latimer, Hope Block, Kerima Çevik, & Paula C. Durbin-Westby
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2012

Autistic Self Advocacy Network, New England & Autism NOW Center
Organizer/Moderator for Focus Group on Autism & Ethics
Watertown, Massachusetts
June 2011

Asperger’s Association of New England & Lexington Christian Academy Advanced Senior Research Program
Organizer/Moderator for “Jodi Picoult’s House Rules & Fictional Characters on the Autism Spectrum”
Public Discussion
Watertown, Massachusetts
January 2011


Trainings/Workshops

Widener University, Careers in Sexuality Conference
“Disability Justice Informing Practices of Self and Community Care”
Chester, Pennsylvania
November 2017

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Youth Empowerment Conference
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm: Disability Justice in QTPoC Liberation”
Cambridge, Massachusetts
October 2017

New York Association on Independent Living, Statewide Peer Leadership Institute
“Disability and Intersectionality”
Co-Trainer with Shain M. Neumeier
Troy, New York
September 2017

Congressional Hunger Center, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program
“Disability Justice and Interrupting Ableism”
Washington, District of Columbia
August 2017

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Asian American Mental Health Forum
“Asian, Queer, Crip: Disability Justice in Intersected Lives”
Worcester, Massachusetts
May 2017

Central Washington University, Center for Diversity & Social Justice
“Disability Activism Strategies”
Ellensburg, Washington
April 2017

Washington Student Association, Students of Color Summit
“Activism & Advocacy Against Ableism”
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington
April 2017

Truflandi Tilvist – Ráðstefna og Hátíð (Íslenska)
Disturbing Existence Conference & Festival (Íslenska og Enska /Icelandic and English)
“How Does Solidarity Act? Struggling against Abuse & Disavowal in Social Justice Movements”
Ráðstefnan er haldin í samvinnu Samtakanna ’78, Trans Íslands og Tabú. Hún er styrkt af Velferðarráðuneytinu.
Conference is sponsored by Samtökin 78, Trans Íslands, and Tabú, and is funded by the Iceland Ministry of Welfare

Reykjavík, Ísland (Iceland)
March 2017

University of Delaware, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
National Leadership Institute

“Nothing About Us Without Us: Furthering Self Advocacy”
Newark, Delaware
January 2017

IvyQ Conference at Harvard
“To Disrupt and Dismantle Ableism: Bridging Genderqueer/Neuroqueer, Race, & Neurodivergence”
Cambridge, Massachusetts
November 2016

New York City Special Education Collaborative
“Practicing Disability Justice: Ableism, Mass Incarceration, and Movements for Racial Justice”
New York, New York
November 2016

Queering Racial Justice Institute, National LGBTQ Task Force
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm! Disability Justice in Liberation Work”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 2016

Congressional Hunger Center, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program
“Disability Justice and Interrupting Ableism”
Washington, District of Columbia
August 2016

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Farmington Youth Prep Rally
“Self-Advocacy Workshop”
Farmington, Connecticut
August 2016

One Care Shared Learning Training Modules for Plans and Providers
“Disability Etiquette in One Care”
Co-trainer with Remon Jourdan, Marc “Moses” Mallard, Paul Styczko, & Linda Long-Bellil
August 2016

University of Delaware
“Confronting Ableism: Revolution Cannot Leave Some(Bodies) Behind”
Newark, Delaware
April 2016

Queer I Am Leadership Summit
“Dismantling Ableism in Queer Spaces”
South Puget Sound Community College, Office of Diversity & Equity
Olympia, Washington
March 2016

Congressional Hunger Center, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program
“Disability Justice and Interrupting Ableism”
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2016

Campus Philly, Inclusive Leadership Conference
“How to Begin Undoing Ableism: Building Disability-Positive Communities”
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 2016

Teach for America, 25th Anniversary Summit
“Radically Intersected: Disability in Asexual, Queer, and Trans Communities”
All Means All: Embracing Diverse Learners Track
Washington, District of Columbia
February 2016

People First of Connecticut
Self-Advocacy Leadership Workshop & Strategic Planning Retreat
Meriden, Connecticut
October 2015

Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, Annual Self-Determination Conference
“From Self-Advocacy to Systems Change: A Crash Course in Getting Bills Passed”
Marlborough, Massachusetts
October 2015

Person-Centered Care Services of New York
“Disability Reimagined: New Possibilities Beyond Ableism”
Staten Island, New York
May 2015

Students of Color Conference
“How to Begin Undoing Ableism: Building Disability-Positive Communities”
Multicultural Student Services Directors’ Council
Yakima, Washington
April 2015

PEAK Parent Center, Conference on Inclusive Education
“This Is What Empowerment Looks Like: Making Disability Political”
Denver, Colorado
February 2015

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Central Office Diversity Committee
“Autistic Empowerment: Neurodiversity in Policy and Practice”
Boston, Massachusetts
October 2014

Person-Centered Care Services of New York
“Disability Reimagined: Changing the Landscape of Service Provision”
Staten Island, New York
August 2014

Ala Costa Centers, Adult Transition Program
“Collaborative Service Provision: Moving Beyond Ableism & Its Baggage”
Berkeley, California
December 2013

University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability
“Self Advocacy in Action”
National Center on Inclusive Education, Summer Institute
Manchester, New Hampshire
July 2013

National Girl Scouts, Keys to Leadership Conference on Inclusion
“Making Your Voice Heard: Advocacy 101”
Co-presenter with Sara Vogler
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2013

Autism National Committee Annual Conference
“Amplifying Your Voice: Strategies for Online Grassroots Advocacy to Increase Awareness & Create Positive Change”
Co-presenter with Emily Titon
Columbia, Maryland
October 2012

Consumer Action Network
“Autistic Empowerment: Neurodiversity in Policy and Practice
Washington, District of Columbia
September 2012

Institute for Educational Leadership, D.C. Advocacy Partners Program
“Community Organizing: Becoming a Change Agent”
Washington, District of Columbia
August 2012

University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability
“Amplifying Your Voice: Strategies for Online Grassroots Advocacy”
Autism Summer Institute
Concord, New Hampshire
August 2012


Papers/Presentations Accepted from Proposals (CFP)

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference
“I Sing the Body Queer and Crip”
Co-presenter with Meg Day, Donna Minkowitz, Raymond Luczak, & Kathi Wolfe (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
February 2017

Creating Change Conference, National LGBTQ Task Force
“Developing and Engaging with Authentic Trans Leadership”
Co-presenter with LaLa Zannell, Arianna Lint, & Kayley Whalen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 2017

National Communication Association, Annual Convention
“Disability, Inclusion, and Access in the College Classroom: Strategies for Enhancing Student Success”
Co-presenter with Li Liu, Karen De Young, Colleen McGoffdean, & Theresa Ford (moderator)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 2016

Disability Intersectionality Summit
“Disability Justice Intersection with Racial Justice, and Queer/Trans Liberation”
Boston, Massachusetts
November 2016

Science Writers 2016, National Association of Science Writers
“Against Ableism: Writing about Disability”
Co-presenter with Julie Devaney, Rose Eveleth, & Lizzie Wade (moderator)
San Antonio, Texas
October 2016

Bellevue College, Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture, Identity, and Transitions
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm! Disability Justice in Liberation Work”
Bellevue, Washington
October 2016

Netroots Nation
“How Youth Activists are Using Civil Rights Frameworks to Advance a Radical Vision for Equality on College Campuses”
Co-presenter with Andy Kim & Zoe Ridolfi-Starr (moderator)
St. Louis, Missouri
July 2016

Netroots Nation
“Authentically Engaging with Trans* Leadership in Progressive Organizing”
Co-presenter with LaLa Zannell, Arianna Lint, & Kaylen Whalen (moderator)
St. Louis, Missouri
July 2016

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
“Smash the Pathology Paradigm: Disability Justice & Trans Liberation”
Mazzoni Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 2016

Syracuse University, “Cripping” the Comic-Con Symposium
“‘You Don’t Feel Like Such A Freak Anymore’: Representing Disability, Madness, and Trauma in Litchfield Penitentiary”
Syracuse, New York
April 2016

Western Massachusetts Disability Studies Conference
“Like Festering Wounds: Ableism, White Supremacy, and the Prison-Industrial Complex”
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
February 2016

Western Massachusetts Disability Studies Conference
“Autism Women’s Network: Activism Through Content”
Co-presenter with Amanda Gaul Worboys & Cara Leibowitz
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
February 2016

TASH National Conference
“Rethinking Noncompliance: Neurodiversity-Informed Responses to Trauma in Service Delivery
Co-presenter with Shain M. Neumeier
Portland, Oregon
December 2015

Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council, Independent Living Conference of Massachusetts
“Autistic Culture Online from Games to Social Movements”
Co-presenter with Shain M. Neumeier
Marlborough, Massachusetts
September 2015

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Annual Meeting
Poster: “Bringing Neurodiversity to Supportive Services and Autism Interventions”
Louisville, Kentucky
June 2015

Center for Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY
“Subverting the ‘Real’: Autistic Culture Online from Games to Social Movements”
Co-presenter with Shain M. Neumeier
Buffalo, New York
April 2015

Georgetown University, Gender at Georgetown
“Not Just Genderqueer! Radical Inclusion and the Disability Justice Imperative”
Women’s History Month Senior Speakers Series
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2015

TASH National Conference
“Inhumane Beyond All Reason: Ableism in Public Discourse & Torture Apologetics”
Washington, District of Columbia
December 2014

Disabled & Proud Conference, Syracuse University, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education
“How They Hurt Us: Violence in the Academy”
Syracuse, New York
October 2014

Association for Autistic Community, Annual Conference
“Strategies for Anti-Violence Organizing: Where Racial Justice & Disability Rights Collide”
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
July 2014

Association on Higher Education & Disability, Annual Conference
“Strategies and Considerations for Establishing a Disability Cultural Center on Your Campus”
Co-panelist with Diane R. Wiener, Linda Wolford, Ann Luetzow, & Wendy S. Harbour
Baltimore, Maryland
July 2013

D.C. Queer Studies Symposium
“Deconstructing Rhetoric on Disabled (A)Sexuality”
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
April 2013

Georgetown University, Ignite! Georgetown
“Constructing Disability: Deviant Bodies, Deviant Minds, Disabling Societies”
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2013

TASH National Conference
“Amplifying Your Voice: Strategies for Online Grassroots Advocacy”
Long Beach, California
December 2012

D.C. Metro LGBTQ Studies Symposium
“Bridging the Gaps of Erasure & Oppression in the Queer Autistic Community”
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2012

Autreat, Autism Network International
“Advocacy in the Age of Social Media”
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
July 2012

Autreat, Autism Network International
Poster: “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”
Co-author with Emily Titon
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
July 2012

Lexington Christian Academy, Advanced Senior Research Program
“Autistic Characters in Literature”
Advisor: Gretchen Schimelpfenig
Lexington, Massachusetts
May 2011


Panels/Roundtables

National Crittenton Foundation, In Solidarity We Rise Conference
“Deep Dive: Race, Gender, and Disability Justice”
Co-panelist with Andraéa N. LaVant, Subini Ancy Annamma, & Rebecca Cokley (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2017

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities – Technical Assistance Institute
“Frameworks for Achieving Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities Councils”
Co-panelist with Pedro Ramos-Zayas & Tawara D. Goode (moderator)
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 2017

Coalición Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades (National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities) & Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
“Community Activism: Building and Engaging with the Disabled Community”
Co-panelist with Reveca Torres, Dolores Tejada, Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, & Michelle Garcia (moderator)
Berkeley, California
June 2017

WOW – Women of the World Festival
“Gender Revolution?”
Co-panelist with Jay Bernard, Rebecca Root, Hannah Winterborne, & Jane Fae
London, United Kingdom
March 2017

WOW – Women of the World Festival
“Disability, Women and Taking Action”
Co-panelist with Magdalena Szarota, Sarifa Patel, Simone Aspis, & Michelle Daley
London, United Kingdom
March 2017

Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
“Conversations in Bioethics: Disability”
Co-panelist with Julia Watts Belser, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Rick Guidotti, John Hockenberry, Donna R. Walton, & Margaret Little (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
February 2017

Creating Change Conference, National LGBTQ Task Force
“Racial Justice & Intersectionality”
Co-panelist with Joanna Cifredo, Taylor Brown, Nellie Fitzpatrick, & Arianna Lint
Day Long Institute: Intersectionally Trans: Building a Truly Inclusive Trans/GNC Movement
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 2017

Creating Change Conference, National LGBTQ Task Force
“Trans and Disability”
Co-panelist with with Finn Gardiner, Dominick Evans, Sam Crane, & Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán
Day Long Institute: Intersectionally Trans: Building a Truly Inclusive Trans/GNC Movement
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 2017

Georgetown University, Teach-In for Radical Hope: Sowing Seeds of Liberation
“Collective Liberation Panel”
Co-panelist with Nazir Harb, Renleigh Stone, Michelle Ohnona, Ricardo Ortiz, You-me Park, Zack Frial, Bryce Huebner, & Seher Siddiqee
Washington, District of Columbia
December 2016

National Center for Cultural Competence, Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence
“Learning and Reflection Forum: Disability through a Cultural Lens”
Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development
Co-panelist with Brenda Liz Muñoz, Chaqueta “Q” Stuckey, Wendy Parent-Johnson, & Wendy Jones (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2016

Tufts University & Witch, Please!
Episode Rho: Disability and Queerness in the Harry Potter Universe
Invited guest with Marcelle Kosman and Hannah McGregor
Medford, Massachusetts
November 2016

Disability Rights Bar Association, West Coast Conference on Intersectionality and Oppression
“Gun Violence: A Civil Rights Issue”
Co-panelist with Finn Gardiner, V. James “Jim” DeSimone, & Matthew Dietz (moderator)
The California Endowment
Los Angeles, California
October 2016

Smith College, Residence Life
Neurodiversity Training: Community Perspectives Panel
Co-panelist with Shain M. Neumeier, Natsai Prisca Nyabadza, Molly McGuire, & Hannah Durrant (moderator)
Northampton, Massachusetts
August 2016

Asperger/Autism Network
“Action: Advocacy, Activism, Art, Play, Asking the Right Questions and Decoding the Answers: A Strengths-Based Approach to Gender Identity When It Overlaps with Autism and Other Neurological Variations”
Co-panelist with Finn Gardiner, Kendrick “Kirk” Cronin, & Jeff Brody (moderator)
Watertown, Massachusetts
May 2016

National Disability Leadership Alliance, Organizer’s Forum
“Women, Gender & the Disability Rights Movement”
Co-panelist with Fulani Thrasher, Rebecca Cokley, Sarah Triano, & Corbett O’Toole
March 2016

Georgetown University, Disability Studies Course Cluster
“Life After Georgetown: Alumni Speak about Disability in the Workplace”
Co-panelist with Tiffany Yu, Taylor Price, and Sylvia Wing Önder (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2016

Brandeis University, DEIS Impact! A Festival of Social Justice
“Prenatal Testing: The Intersection of Disability and Ethics in the 21st Century”
Co-panelist with Shain M. Neumeier, Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, & Steve Gulley (moderator)
Waltham, Massachusetts
January 2016

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
“On Disability Justice & Anti-Poverty Work”
Co-panelist with Dara Baldwin, Sarah Berlin, Christine Talley, & Meredith Nicholson & Marissa Dungan (moderators)
Washington, District of Columbia
May 2015

Georgetown University, Ignite the Dream: Race and Socioeconomic Class in America
“Passing the Torch: Celebrating Student Activism”
Co-panelist with Esther Owolabi, Citlalli Álvarez, Dan Silkman, Thomas Lloyd, Colleen Roberts, Michael Le, Vail Kohnert-Yount, & Corey Stewart, Bserat Ghebremicael, & Jimmy Ramírez (moderators)
Washington, District of Columbia
April 2015

Teach In to Act Out: Campus & Community Activism & The Corporate University
THE General Body & Democratizing Knowledge Project, Syracuse University
“Intersectionality”
Co-panelist with Koy Adams & Nikeeta Slade, & Montiniquë D. McEachern & Keish Kim (moderators)
Syracuse, New York
January 2015

National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange Roundtable Consortium
International Exchange Alumni Panel
Co-panelist with Maegan Shanks, Anais Keenon, & Ashley Holben (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
December 2014

TASH National Conference
“Introducing ACI: The Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Academy”
Co-panelist with Finn Gardiner, Sam Thomas, & Julia Bascom (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
December 2014

Georgetown University, Freshmen Leadership Council
“The Past, Present, & Future of Georgetown: A Discussion on Campus Plans”
Co-panelist with Craig Cassey, Trevor Tezel, Reed Howard, & Matthew Censullo (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2014

Disabled & Proud Conference, Syracuse University, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education
“How We’re Read: Breaking the College Student Mold”
Co-panelist with Jamie Burke & Justin Freedman
Syracuse, New York
October 2014

Georgetown University, Academic Resource Center, Disability Diversity Month
“Student Run Non-Profits: Supporting the Lives of People with Disabilities & Health Conditions”
Co-panelist with Jen Rubino & Miloš Popović
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2014

Youth Transitions Collaborative, Emerging Leaders Program
“Disabled & Proud in D.C.”
Co-panelist with Rebecca Cokley, Lawrence Carter-Long, Ryan Easterly, Jim Dickson, & Zoe Gross
Washington, District of Columbia
September 2014

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Project Directors’ Conference
“#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs: Self Advocates & Family Members Navigating Social Networks & Community Supports”
Co-panelist with Amy Ouellette, Alexis Nichols, Brian Howard Freedman, Leslie Kozicki, Michael Kozicki, Kelly Kelley, Keith Kozicki, Seb Prohn, and Steve Phillips
Washington, District of Columbia
July 2014

Greater Washington Internship Coalition & American Association of People with Disabilities
“Transitioning from College to the Workforce”
Co-panelist with Allie Cannington & Ryan McGraw
Washington, District of Columbia
June 2014

The White House
“Champions of Change for Disability Rights (Americans with Disabilities Act 23rd Anniversary)”
Co-panelist with fellow honorees Zoe Gross, Zachary Garafalo, Anupa Iyer, Andrew Phillips, Desiree Moore, Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ki’tay Davidson, & Rebecca Cokley (moderator)
Washington, District of Columbia
July 2013

College of New Rochelle
“Perspectives on Autism Advocacy”
Co-panelist with Lisa Quintones-Fontanez, Marjorie St. Hilaire, & Edie Barasch
New Rochelle, New York
April 2013

Capital Area Association on Higher Education & Disability
“Empowering Autistic Students in the Workplace”
Co-panelist with Paul W.
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2012

Wellesley College
Panel Discussion on the Autism Spectrum
Co-panelist with Sara Waltuck, Jacob Waltuck, Lianne Wilson, Julia Hardy, & Caro B. Narby
Wellesley, Massachusetts
April 2011

Asperger’s Association of New England, AS Connections Annual Conference
“Adolescence from the Perspective of Teens and Young Adults with AS”
Co-panelist with Anna C. Nagy (Lert), Alex Burke, & Erika Drezner
Marlborough, Massachusetts
September 2010


In-Class Guest Visits

Georgetown University
Libbie Rifkin, Ignatius Seminar: Disability, Culture, and Question of Care (IDST-010-08)
Presented on “Student Activist Work, Institutionalization, and Race and Disability Intersectionalities”
Washington, District of Columbia
November 2017

Westminster College
Lesa Ellis & Kristjane Nordmeyer, Human Culture and Behavior (HON-231)
Presented on “Gender Identities in Social Context”
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 2017

Boston University School of Public Health
Candice M. Belanoff, Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and other systems of oppression in America (SPHMC-775)
Presented on “Disability Justice and Health Equity”
Co-presenter with Mickey Jay Thomas & Nechama F. Sammet Moring
Boston, Massachusetts
March 2017

Widener University
Bethany Stevens, Sexuality/Intimacy and Chronic Illness/Disability (HSED-751)
Presented on “Neurodivergence and (A)Sexuality)”
Co-presenter with Shain M. Neumeier
Chester, Pennsylvania
March 2017

Lesley University
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Collaboration, Advocacy, and Ethics: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ESPED-6015)
Presented on “Neurodiversity, Ethics, and Behavioral Interventions”
Cambridge, Massachusetts
December 2016

Salem State University
Nechama F. Sammet Moring, Human Diversity and Social Work Practice (SWK-715)
Presented on “Connections between Ableism and Other Structural Oppression”
Salem, Massachusetts
November 2016

Tufts University, Experimental College
Sunish Gupta, Universal Design: Accessibility and the User Experience (EXP-0020)
Presented on “Disability Policy & the Disability Rights Movement”
Co-presenter with Shain M. Neumeier
Medford, Massachusetts
November 2016

Framingham State University
James M. Cressey, Elementary Curriculum: Science, Social Studies & Special Needs (EDUC-346)
Framingham, Massachusetts
October 2016

University of Delaware
Stephanie L. Kerschbaum, Introduction to Disability Studies (DIST/ENGL-2670)
Newark, Delaware
April 2016

Georgetown University
Libbie Rifkin, Writing and Culture: Introduction to Disability Studies (WRIT-015)
Co-panelist with Nai Damato & Natalia Rivera-Morales
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2015

Georgetown University
Toby Long, Children with Disabilities (EDIJ-253)
Co-panelist with Toniann Maniscalco, Elizabeth Oh, Katherine Elizabeth Hall, Nia Lazarus, & Natalia Rivera-Morales
Washington, District of Columbia
January 2015

Georgetown University
Sylvia Wing Önder, Disability and Culture (ANTH-256)
Lectured on “Autistic Embodiment, Representation, and Resistance to Ableism”
Washington, District of Columbia
January 2015

Georgetown University
Libbie Rifkin, Introduction to Disability Studies (ENGL-720)
Lectured on “The Violence of Ableism in the Academy”
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2014

Yale University
Karen Nakamura, Disability and Culture (ANTH-234)
Lectured on “The Neurodiversity Paradigm”
New Haven, Connecticut
November 2013

University of Maryland, College Park
Carmen Ionela Constantinescu, Intro to Special Education (EDSP-210)
Lectured on “Autism Acceptance & the Neurodiversity Paradigm”
College Park, Maryland
October 2013

University of California, Berkeley
Susan Schweik & Jade Theriault, Independent Living (ENGLISH 198)
Lectured on “Introduction to the Neurodiversity Paradigm”
Berkeley, California
September 2013

Georgetown University
Toby M. Long, Children with Disabilities (EDIJ-253)
Lectured on “Autistic Self-Advocacy & the Autism Rights Movement”
Washington, District of Columbia
March 2013

Georgetown University
Sylvia Wing Önder, Medical Anthropology (ANTH-250)
Lectured on “Ableism & Stigma”
Washington, District of Columbia
October 2012

American University
Andrea M. Brenner, U.S. Society (SOCY-100)
Presented on “Disabled Identity & Disability Politics”
Co-presenter with Allie Cannington, Ki’tay Davidson, and Kristen P.
Washington, District of Columbia
September 2012

Georgetown University
Libbie Rifkin, Introduction to Disability Studies (HUMW-011)
Lectured on “Autistic Culture”
Washington, District of Columbia
April 2012

Brown University, Pre-College Program
When the Brain Has a Mind of its Own (BN905-2A)
Presented on “Living Autistic in a Neurotypical World”
Providence, Rhode Island
July 2009

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