Saturdays on the Spectrum
Saturdays on the Spectrum Lecture Series:
Voices Developing Understanding of Adult Autism
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
No Safe Space: Violence Against Autistic People
Lydia Brown, “The Autistic Hoya”
Join us for another fascinating lecture!
The lives and history of autistic people are fraught with violence. Autistic people are disproportionately likely to suffer from abuse by peers at school and from family members at home. Restraint and seclusion have become commonplace practices in both mainstream and special education classrooms. Autistic youth are increasingly targeted by a pernicious troubled teen industry with a history of neglect, abuse, and severe injuries and deaths of students.
Treatment settings become ripe and fertile grounds for abuse that continue to
re-traumatize many autistic people well into adulthood. Police brutality has become a reality for too many autistic people, particularly autistic people of color, while law enforcement and
prosecutors rarely work zealously on behalf of autistic victims of violence and murder. The patterns of abuse and violence in the lives of autistic people can be clearly tied to systemic ableism in public policy and society. In this talk, we will discuss the realities of violence for autistic people, what autistics and allies are doing now to build meaningful alternatives to unsafe spaces, and what potential avenues we might have to change our futures.
Lydia Brown is a multiply-disabled autistic woman of color passionate about disability justice and critical theories of disability. She regularly speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics related to disability and
asexuality, violence against disabled people, and autistic cultural identity. At present, she works as a Project Assistant for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and serves as the Undersecretary for Disability Affairs for the Georgetown
University Student Association. Lydia is an alumni of the American Association of People with Disabilities internship program and the Autism Campus Inclusion summer leadership academy, as well as a former Patricia Morrissey
Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Most recently, she was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House for her disability advocacy in the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lydia blogs at Autistic Hoya.
The Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, in accordance with its mission of educating the community and increasing understanding about adult autism, is proud to present Saturdays on the Spectrum: Voices Developing Understanding of Adult Autism.
John P. Hussman, Ph.D. - What Do We Know About Autism? More than People Think, Less than We'd Like