Lydia X. Z. Brown
Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex. Lydia teaches a course on critical disability theory, public policy, and intersectional social movements as a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University.
In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Lydia is the lead editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published by the Autism Women’s Network in June 2017. Lydia’s writing has appeared in the books Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Meditations via Disability Studies; Religion, Disability, and Interpersonal Violence; Barriers & Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability; Feminist Perspectives on Orange is the New Black; Criptiques; Torture in Healthcare Settings; and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology; as well as in journals and platforms including The Asian American Literary Review; Films for the Feminist Classroom; NOS Magazine; Tikkun; Disability Intersections; Black Girl Dangerous; hardboiled magazine; POOR Magazine; The Washington Post; Sojourners; and The Establishment. They also occasionally blog at Autistic Hoya.