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May 2017

4 May 2017
Autism Conference & Expo of Georgia

“Social Justice and Autism: Challenging Injustice and Valuing Diversity”
State of the Union Keynote
Keynote Panel with Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Larkin Taylor-Parker, and Breanna Kelly (facilitator)
1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

More information & registration for Georgia Autism Conference

10 May 2017
The Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Mental Health Forum

Workshop: “Asian, Queer, Crip: Disability Justice in Intersected Lives”

Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts
9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (whole conference)

Intersectionality is a framework, methodology, and imperative for understanding the complex relationships between different identities, experiences, and forms of oppression — first named by Black scholar-activist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw to describe Black womanhood as distinct from white women or Black men’s experiences. Disability Justice is the art and practice of honoring every/body as valuable, essential, and worthy in all of our complexities. Come learn about honoring madness, neurodivergence, and disability alongside and with/in our Asian, queer, and trans identities!

More details TBD

20 May 2017
Family 2.0: An API LGBTQIA+ Gathering

Opening Keynote at 10:15 A.M.
North Seattle College
Seattle, Washington

More details & registration for Family 2.0

June 2017

17 June 2017
Coalición Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades (National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities)
in partnership with Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

“Community Activism: Building and Engaging with the Disabled Community”

Co-panelist with Reveca Torres, Dolores Tejada, Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta, & Michelle Garcia (moderator)

Ed Roberts Campus
Berkeley, California

CNLD conference website

July 2017

12 July 2017
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Technical Assistance Institute

“Frameworks for Achieving Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities Councils”

Co-presenter with Tawara D. Goode and Pedro Ramos-Zayas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Registration and information for NACDD 

August 2017

17 August 2017
Indiana Response to Hate Conference

Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

“Disability Intersectionality and the Violence of Ableism”

Indianapolis, Indiana

Registration and information for Response to Hate

September 2017

7 September 2017
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Mazzoni Center

“Disability Justice in Trans Legal Advocacy”
Continuing Legal Education track

Co-panelist with Talila A. Lewis, Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Shain M. Neumeier, & Ma’ayan Anafi

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

More information and registration for Philly Trans Health

8 September 2017
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Mazzoni Center

“Disability Justice & Accountable Activism as Intersectional Imperative for Liberation Work”

Moderator for panel with Talila A. Lewis, Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, Shain M. Neumeier, & Ma’ayan Anafi

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

More information and registration for Philly Trans Health

October 2017

5 October 2017
Disability Rights Bar Association, West Coast Conference

“Queering the Disability Rights Movement”

Co-panelist with Nina Chaubal and Shain M. Neumeier

Oakland, California

More information and registration for DRBA

21 October 2017
Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture & Identity
Bellevue College, Autism Spectrum Navigators

Details TBD

Bellevue, Washington

More information and registration for Autistics Present 

November 2017

3 November 2017
Widener University, Careers in Sexuality Conference

More details TBD

More information and registration for Careers in Sexuality

17 November 2017
New York University, Center for Disability Studies

More details TBD


February 2018

23 February 2017
The College of New Jersey

More details TBD

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Articles about Past Events

The Tufts Daily, a newspaper at Tufts University, covered the November 2016 panel discussion with Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman from “Witch, Please!” on queerness, disability, and race in the Harry Potter Universe.

The National Association of Science Writers covered the October 2016 panel I participated on for the annual Science Writers Conference, on “Against Ableism: Writing about Disability.” Diana Crow also wrote about the disability panel as part of a larger post on lessons learned from the conference overall.

The Gatepost, a newspaper at Framingham State University, covered my October 2016 talk for the Arts and Ideas Lecture Series, on “Redesign and Rebuild it: Disability Justice, Radical Access, and the Academy.”

UDaily, a newspaper at the University of Delaware, covered my April 2016 keynote, on “Tear Down These Walls: Demand Disability Justice as/in Liberation.”

AC Voice, a newspaper at Amherst College, covered my June 2015 talk for the Inclusive Astronomy Conference, on “Beyond the Imagined Normal: Disability Justice and Radical Inclusion.”

The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia’s newspaper, covered my April 2015 roundtable for Humanities Week, on autism acceptance and self-advocacy.

Scarlet & Black, Grinnell College’s newspaper, covered my November 2014 talk for Queer Cultures Week, on “The Ableism Crisis: Violence, Marginality, & Disability Justice.”

The Watchdog, Bellevue College’s newspaper, covered my October 2014 talk for Disability Awareness Month, on “Beyond the Imagined Normal: Disability, Pride & Culture.”

Broad Recognition, Yale University’s feminist magazine, and Yale Daily News, Yale University’s student newspaper, both covered “Ableism and the Violent History of Disabled Oppression,” my November 2013 Master’s Tea at Saybrook College.

The blog SpaceRobot Crew covered my April 2013 talk at the University of Washington, Seattle, on “Deconstructing Rhetoric on Disabled (A)Sexuality.”

The Flat Hat, the student newspaper of the College of William and Mary, covered my April 2013 talk, “Politicized Disability and the Crisis of Disabled Oppression.”

The Hoya, the student newspaper of Georgetown University, covered the November 2012 panel that I moderated on “Disability and Inclusion in the Humanities.”


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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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