Embracing different brains in the Workplace

April 2024: Embracing different brains in the Workplace

Centering neurodiversity as an integral part of your Inclusion strategy


Thursday, April 18th 2024
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Virtual – on Zoom


Lydia X. Z. Brown

About the Workshop

This April, join DLA as we unlock and harness the power of acceptance in the workplace with our transformative workshop, “Embracing Different Brains in the Workplace: Centering Neurodiversity as an Integral Part of your Inclusion Strategy.” In this workshop, we’ll explore how embracing neurodiversity can drive innovation, creativity, and productivity within your organization. Discover practical strategies for accommodating diverse neurological profiles and intersectionality by creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Learn how to foster understanding and appreciation for the unique strengths and perspectives that neurodiverse individuals bring. Join DLA as we journey towards building a more inclusive and equitable workplace where diverse brains and intersections are valued, respected, and celebrated. Let’s create a culture of belonging where everyone can reach their full potential together.

Lydia X Z Brown
Photo: Lydia smiles and tilts their head slightly to the side, looking confidently at the camera. They are a young-ish East Asian person with a streak of teal in their short black hair, wearing glasses, a cobalt blue jacket and navy tie, with a blue copper wall behind them. Photo by Sarah Tundermann.

About the Presenter

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a queer, disabled, and East Asian advocate, organizer, attorney, strategist, and writer. They are the Director of Public Policy at the National Disability Institute, which works to advance economic opportunity and freedom for people with disabilities. Lydia is also the founding Executive Director of the Autistic People of Color Fund, which advocates for disability, racial, and economic justice with a focus on building generative economies and just transition while providing mutual aid, peer support, and community-funded reparations. They bring nearly 15 years of experience as a committed advocate, community organizer, and policy expert at the nexus of disability rights and disability justice. Lydia has spoken, facilitated, and consulted internationally and throughout the U.S. on a range of topics related to disability rights and disability justice, especially at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and has published in numerous scholarly and community publications. Their work addresses the deep interconnections between ableism and other forms of systemic discrimination, marginalization, and oppression, and has often focused on interpersonal, state, and corporate violence, deprivation, and exploitation targeting disabled people at the margins of the margins.

Lydia is a lecturer in the Disability Studies Program at Georgetown University, as well as serving as Self-Advocacy Discipline Coordinator for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship program at the Georgetown University Medical Center. They are also an adjunct professorial lecturer in American Studies in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University. Lydia serves as Vice Chair and Past President of the Disability Rights Bar Association and Disability Justice Committee representative on the National Lawyers Guild board. They are currently creating Disability Justice Wisdom Tarot.

Lydia was formerly Policy Counsel for Privacy & Data at the Center for Democracy & Technology, focused on algorithmic discrimination and disability; and Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs at the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They are a former member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights, visiting faculty at Tufts University, and chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. Often, their most important work has no title, job description, or funding, and probably never will.