Recognized by Public Knowledge’s 20/20 Visionary Awards as a future leader who will drive tech policy in the public interest for the next 20 years

Named to them.’s Now List of LGBTQ+ Visionaries working to better our community during a uniquely challenging era

Honored by NowThis Next as a change-maker of the world for Disability Rights

Named to Gold House Foundation’s A100 List of the Most Impactful Asians and Asian Pacific Islanders in Culture

Listed in NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z, celebrating the emerging voices and breakout stars of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, who are “writing new definitions every day”

Recognized as a Top 30 Thinker Under 30 in the Social Sciences by Pacific Standard

Named to the Mic 50 list of the next generation of impactful leaders, cultural influencers and breakthrough innovators, recognizing “bold trailblazers who are unafraid to push boundaries and rethink the world” and “who represent the very best of our generation”

Honored by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for embodying the next generation of leadership within the disability community

Featured in NBC, Rewire News, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Washington Post, Soledad O’Brien’s Matter of Fact TV, Al Jazeera, Mic News, Autostraddle, BBC, POOR Magazine, The Guardian, Supermajority News, CNN, Wear Your Voice Mag, NPR, Gay Star News, NOS Magazine, Boston Globe, Black Girl Dangerous, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Wall Street Journal, and more

In solidarity lies our hope and our future.

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

— Arundhati Roy

About

Among many other things, I am a writer, public speaker, educator, trainer, consultant, advocate, community organizer, community builder, activist, scholar, and attorney.

For over a decade, I have worked to address and end interpersonal and state violence targeting disabled people, especially disabled people at the margins of the margins, in our own homes and communities, in movement spaces, in schools, in disability-specific institutions, and in jails and prisons. My work begins at and centers intersections of disability, queerness, race, gender, class, and nation and migration. I have provided trainings and consultations to hundreds of individuals, educational institutions, agencies, companies, and organizations across numerous professional and academic fields on a range of issues impacting disabled, queer, trans, and negatively racialized people.

I founded and lead the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, in partnership with the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. I created and curate Bearing Witness, Demanding Freedom, the Living Archive and Repository of the Judge Rotenberg Center’s Abuses. Along with Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and E. Ashkenazy, I co-edited the first edition of the anthology All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. I am one of ten young activist icons featured in Amplifier’s We The Future Campaign. I am also featured in People of Color Productions’ forthcoming documentary I Identify As Me, directed and produced by Tina Colleen and Monick Monell, and HBO Max’s documentary Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests. I’m a past Gender+ Justice Initiative Fellow at Georgetown University and a Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

As an educator, I teach as an adjunct lecturer and core faculty in the Disability Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University, and as an adjunct professorial lecturer in the American Studies Program at American University’s Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. I’m also a faculty member and Self-Advocacy Discipline Coordinator for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program at Georgetown’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Child and Human Development. Previously, I taught as a visiting lecturer in the Experimental College at Tufts University, and as a volunteer instructor in various programs for high school and middle school students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Educational Studies Program.

Professionally, I am a Policy Counsel with the Privacy and Consumer Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, where I focus on algorithmic injustice, bias, and discrimination affecting disabled people. I am also Director of Policy, Advocacy, and External Affairs at the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, where I lead policy work with an intersectional approach to disability and neurodiversity.

I provide regular consultations, workshops, and trainings for many other organizations on radical access, care, and justice.

Like all of us, I live at the intersection of many forms of marginality and oppression, and many forms of privilege and power. Some identities and experiences that are important to me are that I am a multiply disabled, queer, and nonbinary Chinese American, East Asian transracial and transnational adoptee of color, working precariously both within and at the margins of academia and the nonprofit industrial complex. ​

I work on unceded and occupied traditional lands of the Piscataway-Conoy, Nacotchtank, Haudenosaunee, Wôpanâak, Nipmuc, and Kaskaskia (Illiniwek Confederation, now Peouaroua) peoples. (Learn more about Indigenous land acknowledgement and solidarity action plans.)

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Here are some of my core political and ethical beliefs:

  • I believe in honoring the humanity and dignity of every person.
  • I believe that there is no such thing as a person who is useless, worthless, or pointless.
  • I believe that we have to take accountability for the harm we cause.
  • I believe that we all have the capacity to harm, and that we have a responsibility to try to reduce our capacity for harm. 
  • I believe that we are not defined by our worst mistakes or moments. 
  • I believe that everyone deserves safety, nutrition, housing, health care, self-determination, autonomy, community, support, access, and wellness. 
  • I believe that we do not get free until we all get free.
  • I believe that justice is not “just us.”
  • I believe in using whatever resources we each may have to challenge oppression, injustice, and violence in all their forms.
  • I believe that movements for justice and liberation require multiple tactics as part of short-term and long-haul strategies.
  • I believe that dreaming and building the future we want are just as essential to social justice as calling out and fighting against harms.
  • I believe that it is not possible to address the problem of ableism without addressing the problems of white supremacy, capitalism, gender-based oppression, settler-colonialism, and other forms of systemic and structural violence, oppression, and domination.

If our visions seem aligned and you’d like to get in contact to invite me to speak, request consultation, ask for help, or just say hello, you can reach me by email at hello@lydiaxzbrown.com.

If this is a work-related question (and not about my individual advocacy, speaking, or consulting), please reach out to me via the relevant organization instead.