Lydia X. Z. Brown, Age 25, Autistic, Disability Justice Advocate – Bazelon Center
” ᴡᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰᴜᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʙᴜɪʟᴅɪɴɢ ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴊᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ “
Lydia is a disability justice advocate, organiser, and writer, and their ‘Autistic Hoya’ site is universally referenced and loved!
Their work has largely focused on violence against multiple-marginalised disabled people, with particular respect to institutionalisation, abuse, torture, incarceration, and policing.
There is no easy way to begin to define just how much Neurodiversity and it’s Movement has to thank Lydia for.
They have worked to advance transformative change through organising in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency.
For We The Future , Lydia is partnering with the Bazelon Center , an organisation that, since 1972, has advocated for the civil rights, full inclusion, and equality of adults and children with mental and related disabilities.
Their portrait here is by artist Kate Deciccio. (https://www.facebook.com/katie.deciccio).
It is part of a series about justice with activities, portrayals, examples, opportunities to join in and even donate a little at Amplifier dot org:
If you haven’t spent reflective time with their website, here is your clickable cool opportunity to do so right now I promise you will come away enlightened and activated: https://www.autistichoya.com/
[Image Description: Cropped section of a poster featuring painted and digitized blue/teal/green/purple colors, showing Lydia Brown, a young East Asian person with short black hair and glasses, standing with arms on hips, with a smiling, hopeful, defiant, fierce expression. They are wearing a purple t-shirt that says Disabled & Proud, and over it, a teal checkered collared shirt. There are leaves growing in the background. The text says We the Future are Building Disability Justice at the top, and in small letters, Lydia X. Z. Brown, at the bottom.]