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Lydia X. Z. Brown      

Disability Justice Advocate, Attorney, Writer

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing.

Brown co-leads the project on disability rights and algorithmic fairness at the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, teaches for Georgetown University’s Disability Studies Program through the Department of English, and supports the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network’s public policy advocacy.

Additionally, Brown founded and directs the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, which provides direct support, mutual aid, and community reparations to individual autistic people of color. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Brown is also co-editor and visionary behind "All the Weight of Our Dreams", the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color and otherwise negatively racialized autistic people, published by AWN.

Among other appointments, Brown is an appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights and chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Disability Rights and Elder Affairs Committee, founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Supports, a consumer member of Disability Rights Maryland’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program Advisory Council, a community advisory board member for the Operating System, and an advisory board member for the Transgender Law Center’s Disability Project. Brown is also a frequent collaborator with the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University, JOIN for Justice, and the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University.

In 2015, Pacific Standard named Brown a Top 30 Thinker under 30, and Mic named Brown to its inaugural list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators.

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