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November 2017

3 November 2017
Widener University, Careers in Sexuality Conference

“Disability Justice Informing Practices of Self and Community Care”
2:45 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
(Workshop Block 3)

University Center
One University Place
Chester, Pennsylvania 19013

More information and registration for Careers in Sexuality

17 November 2017
New York University, Center for Disability Studies

“All the Weight of our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism”
4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10003

More information on NYU event

December 2017

5 December 2017
Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

“Claiming Disability in Resistance: Exploring Disability Justice, Struggle, and Healing”
(Tuesday Lunch Keynote – Grand Ballroom)
12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

“Radical Autonomy, Radical Interdependence: Getting Proud by Practicing”
(Concurrent Workshop)
1:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.

Westin Downtown Indianapolis
241 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

More information & registration for Indiana conference

January 2018

24 January 2018 – 28 January 2018
Creating Change Conference

“Building and Supporting Authentic Trans Leadership”
Co-presenter with LaLa Zannell, Arianna Lint, & Kayley Whalen (moderator)

Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20008

More details and exact scheduling TBD

February 2018

17 February 2017
Rebellious Lawyering Conference (RebLaw)

“Disability Justice”
Organizer/Moderator with Talila A. Lewis and Shain M. Neumeier

Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

More details and presenters TBD

23 February 2017
The College of New Jersey

More details TBD

March 2018

2 March 2018
Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Conference

Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401

Further details TBD

More details and registration for Reardon Center

9 March 2018
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Complex Narratives: A VIDA Voices & Views Disability Focus Interview
Co-presenter with Sheila Black, Porochista Khakpour, Danielle Pafunda, & Melissa Studdard (moderator)
10:30 A.M. to 11:45 A.M.
Room 22 (First Floor)

Tampa Convention Center
333 S Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602

More details and registration for AWP

April 2018

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

June 2018

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

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

Further details TBD

More details and registration for SABE Conference

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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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+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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