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April 2018

4 April 2018
Diversity Summit, George Washington University

“Disability Justice: Radical Inclusion & Active Love in Liberation Struggles”
Featured Session
4:15 P.M. to 5:15 P.M.

Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20052

More details and registration for GWU Diversity Summit

7 April 2018
The Muse and the Marketplace Literary Conference, Grub Street

“But You’re So Inspirational!” Writing Authentically About Disability
(Teaching Scholar Session)
10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
50 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

More details and registration for the Muse and the Marketplace

12 April 2018
White Enlightenment Speaker Fund

“They Must Not Stamp Us Out: Why We Need Disability Justice”
White Fund Enlightenment Series
11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

White Fund Room
North Essex Community College
78 Amesbury Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts

It will also be telecast to the Harold Bentley Library in room A112, on the NECC Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts.

More details and information about the White Enlightenment Fund

15 April 2018
Icarus Project

“Movement Work at the Intersections of Neurodiversity, Mad Pride, and Disability Justice”
Icarus Project Webinar Series
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Eastern Time)
6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. (Central Time)
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. (Mountain Time)
4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time)

**After you buy a ticket, you will receive an email to register on zoom. Your registration is not complete until you register in Zoom. Even if you can’t attend and want to receive the recording afterwards, you must register in zoom to do so**

More details and registration for Icarus Project webinar

21 April 2018
Intersectionality and Health: Breaking Down Barriers Conference

Boston University School of Medicine & Boston University School of Public Health
Boston, Massachusetts

Closing Remarks
2:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

72 East Concord Street
Hiebert Lounge — 14th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02118

More details and registration for Intersectionality and Health

26 April 2018
Northern Essex Community College

“Embracing Autistic Culture and Neurodiversity in Higher Education”
All Abilities Series
NECC Learning Accommodations Center and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Lecture Hall A
Spurk Building
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts

Telecast in Lawrence – LC301

More details and information for Northern Essex

27 April 2018
University of Oregon

“Disability Justice, Neurodiversity, and Intersectionality”
2018 Disability Awareness Speaker
5:30 P.M., refreshments beginning at 5:00 P.M.

Straub Hall, Room 156
1451 Onyx Street
Eugene, Oregon 97403

ASL interpreting, FM systems, CART captioning, and wheelchair-accessible space. Other accommodations requests may be sent by 541-346-1155 or

More details about University of Oregon event

28 April 2018
Beloit College

“Disability Justice & Radical Inclusion Workshop with Lydia X. Z. Brown”
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Java Joint, Pearsons Hall
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511

More details about Beloit event

May 2018

2 May 2018
All Children, Our Future: Civil Rights and Education Conference

“In Our Own Voices: Welcoming People With Disabilities in All Schools”
The Leadership Conference Education Fund
2:50 P.M. to 3:50 P.M.

Panel with Maria “Conchita” Hernández Legorreta, Jocelyn Hanrath, & Adai Tefera (moderator)

University of California Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Registration and details for Leadership Conference event

18 May 2018
Thriving Through Transitions: Finding Strengths in Differences Conference

“Our Stories: Strengths in Differences”
The Help Group’s Advance LA Conference
11:20 A.M. to 12:35 P.M.

Panel with Tom Iland, Emily Ann Iland, and Jessica McCabe

American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, California 90077

Registration and details for Advance LA Conference

June 2018

7 June 2018 – 9 June 2018
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) National Conference

9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M.

Birmingham Sheraton
2101 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Further details TBD

More details and registration for SABE Conference

12 June 2018 — 14 June 2018
Washington Community Summit

“How We Get To Liberation: Disability Justice and Radical Inclusion in Our Movements”
Opening Session – 2:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
12 June 2018

“Intersected Oppressions: Disability and Queerness, Transness, and Asexuality”
Workshop – 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
13 June 2018

“Disability Is Not Your Metaphor: Taking Back Our Language and Stories”
Summit Headliner – 8:30 A.M. to 9:45 P.M.
14 June 2018

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Developmental Disabilities Administration

Wenatchee Convention Center
121 North Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, Washington 98801

More details and registration for Washington Community Summit

Can’t come to an upcoming event?

Check out past videos (access information provided for each video) from other events.

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.”

Contact Me

+1 (202) 618-0187 (voice or text)


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