Over the last several years, I have given presentations both for my work and in my individual capacity. While working for the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth in 2012, I presented before the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture about human rights abuses at residential behavioral modification programs for youth. In my current position at a statewide protection and advocacy agency, I regularly travel to different parts of the state to give presentations about the legal services that the organization offers.
Outside of work, I have testified at legislative and regulatory hearings about the use of aversive (punitive) behavioral interventions. I have also spoken at the following universities, organizations and conferences:
- Georgetown University
- Northeastern University School of Law
- University of Rochester School of Nursing
- University of Buffalo
- Splash! at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Spark at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale University
- The Autistic Self Advocacy Network Symposium on Ethical, Social and Legal Implications of Autism Research at Harvard University
- The Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Autism National Committee (AutCom)
- TASH New England
- TASH National
- Brandeis University
- Western Massachusetts Disability Studies Conference at Smith College
- University of Maryland College Park
I am interested in and comfortable with speaking on the following specific topics:
- Bodily autonomy and coercive care in the lives of disabled, fat, queer and young people;
- The intersection between disability justice and youth liberation;
- The history of coercive behavioral modification for youth and people with disabilities;
- Online community-building in the autistic and broader disabled communities; and
- An introduction to lesser-known queer identities such as asexuality, aromanticism, pansexuality, non-binary genders and intersex.
If you would be interested in having me speak at your college, workplace or event about any of these topics, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from and working with you.