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 s.m.neumeier@gmail.com.  Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from and working with you.

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