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

Named to Mic 50 list of the next generation of impactful leaders, cultural influencers and breakthrough innovators

Honored as Champion of Change for Disability Rights by the Obama White House

Featured in NBC, Rewire News, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Mic, BBC, POOR Magazine, The Guardian, HealthLine, Supermajority News, CNN, Wear Your Voice Mag, NPR, Gay Star News, NOS Magazine, Boston Globe, Black Girl Dangerous, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal

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, 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 the Living Archive and Repository of the Judge Rotenberg Center’s Abuses. Along with Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and E. Ashkenazy, I co-edited 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. I’m a current Gender+ Justice Initiative Fellow at Georgetown University, and a past 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 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. 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 MIT’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 live and work on unceded and occupied lands of many Indigenous peoples, including that of Piscataway, Nacotchtank, Massachusett, and Wampanoag nations.