Contributors

 Sara Luterman, Editor

This is an image of Sara Luterman. They are a white person with short brown hair and thick-rimmed glasses. They are wearing a red dressshirt and smiling.Sara Luterman is the founder and editor of NOS magazine. By day, Sara is a communications professional at the Association for University Centers on Disabilities. By night, she writes and edits on neurodiversity issues. You can find her work in The Guardian and The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.


Aiyana Bailin


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Bailin provides one-on-one care for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, specializing in non-verbal autism. She has a BS in Psychology from UCSD, and is considering further studies in Biomedical Ethics. Aiyana lives with her partner, is always in the middle of several art projects, and reads entirely too much science fiction. She occasionally blogs about autism and disability rights at www.restlesshands42.wordpress.com


Sarah Blahovec

This is an image of Sarah Blahovec. She is a white woman with medium length brown hair parted at the side. She is wearing a black leather jacket and a red and white striped shirt.Sarah Blahovec is a blogger and disability activist that lives in the Washington, DC area. She is also the Disability Vote Organizer for the National Council on Independent Living. You can find more of her work at the Huffington Post.


Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

This is an image of Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone.Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone is an Autistic adult with several disabilities. She has been involved at both state and national levels in multiple advocacy areas including class, rural, and intellectual/developmental disability advocacy.  She writes multiple places, including her personal advocacy blog Cracked Mirror in Shalott. She lives in rural PA with her dog, and enjoys doing social media work for disability non-profits.


Zack Budryk

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Zack Budryk is a Washington-area journalist who covers the FDA; his work has appeared on The Mary Sue, The Guardian and Style Weekly. His novel Judith, a feminist crime thriller, is available now.


Ozy Brennan

This is an image of Ozy Brennan. They are a nonbinary white person with medium length blond hair and black-rimmed glasses. Ozy Brennan writes at Thing of Things about trans issues, sex positivity, disability, and effective altruism. They also research wild-animal suffering for the Effective Altruism Foundation.


Kerima Cevik

This is an image of Kerima Cevik. She is a black woman with long, curly gray hair. She is looking out a window into sunlight.Kerima Cevik is a legislative advocate and a parent activist for autism and social justice. She blogs about autism, disability rights, and life with her nonspeaking autistic son at The Autism Wars, intersectionality at Intersected, social justice at Brave and is the founder of the Amplify Autistic Voices project.


Erin Stewart
This is an image of Erin Stewart. She is a white woman with blue eyes and a brown ponytail. She is standing in front of a dark gray brick wall.Erin Stewart is a freelance writer based in the UK, her twitter handle is @xerinstewart.

 

 


Kings Floyd

This is an image of Kings Floyd. She is a white woman with long, brown hair that is parted at the side. She is wearing a maroon shirt and smiling. She is sitting in a power wheelchair. In the foreground, there is a potted plant. Kings Floyd is a young woman with muscular dystrophy who lives in Washington DC. She works for the National Council on Independent Living as their Youth Transition Fellow. In her spare time, she nerds out about disability theory and writing.


Eric Garcia

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Eric Garcia is a staff writer at Roll Call. He previously worked for MarketWatch and National Journal, where he wrote about being an autistic reporter. He has also written for The New Republic, Salon, the American Prospect and the Daily Beast. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Finn Gardiner

This is an image of Finn Gardiner. He is a bald black man wearing wire framed glasses and a plaid shirt. He is smiling.Finn Gardiner is a queer, black, and autistic community activist. He is a Master of Public Policy student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He holds a degree in sociology from Tufts University, and has extensive experience with community advocacy, peer education, and activism, primarily in the disability and LGBTQ+ rights sphere. His work is primarily focused on social inequality, inclusive technology, the achievement gap, and working towards an intersectional view of disability rights.


Timotheus Gordon

This is an image of Timotheus Gordon. He is a black man with medium length dreadlocks and a light mustache. He is smiling and holding his chin in his hand. Timotheus Gordon, Jr. is a writer, PhD student at University of Illinois at Chicago, and autistic self-advocate. He is also the creator of The Black Autist, a blog that focuses on disability and autism acceptance in black communities worldwide.


Shannon Haworth

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Shannon Haworth is a Public Health Analyst in the Office of Health Equity at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Her focus is on evaluating and monitoring programs that ensure health equity and access to health services for native and minority populations. She is new to the neurodiversity community and loves her son very much.


Kelly Israel

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Kelly Israel is a Policy Analyst at ASAN’s national office. She works to advance the legal, legislative and administrative policy objectives of ASAN. She is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law and is barred in Maryland. Her chief interests are the education of children with disabilities, supported decision-making as a viable alternative to guardianship, and the over-criminalization of people with developmental disabilities.


Sparrow R. Jones

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Sparrow R. Jones is the author of The ABCS of Autism Acceptance from Autonomous Press as well as the long-running blog Unstrange Mind. His website can be found at www.sparrowrose.com.


Sarah Pripas Kapit

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Sarah Pripas-Kapit is an independent scholar and freelance writer. She holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her scholarly work concerning the history of gender and medicine has been published in Gender & History and Great Plains Quarterly.


Cara Liebowitz

This is an image of Cara Liebowitz. She is a white woman with long brown hair, parted in the middle. She is wearing a black zip up hoodie. There is a tree behind her.Cara Liebowitz is a nationally recognized writer and activist living in the Washington, DC area.  In addition to NOS Magazine, she has been published by outlets such as Everyday Feminism, The Body is Not An Apology, and Teaching Tolerance, as well as several in print anthologies.  Cara works for the National Council on Independent Living as their Development Coordinator. Cara blogs at http://www.thatcrazycrippledchick.com and you can find her on Twitter @spazgirl11.


John Marble
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John Marble is a writer living in San Francisco. He previously served as a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration focusing on workplace issues. His background includes work as a journalist, a social advocate, and as campaign staff for candidate and ballot initiative campaigns.


Kit Mead

The image is of Kit, a white non-binary person with short brown hair tinged with reddish-purple, wearing glasses and over the ear headphones.

Kit Mead is a queer, Autistic disability rights advocate and writer with mental health disabilities. Their main blog is Paginated Thoughts. Kit has been through the psych system and manages the site Psych Ward Reviews. They also have a blog to better inform people about eugenics history and modern effects. Their professional writing is also in QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Luna Luna Magazine, the Establishment, and the Deaf Poets Society. Kit lives in the Washington, D.C. area with their cat.


Ari Ne’eman

Ari Ne’eman co-founded the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and served as its first President from 2006 to 2016. In 2010, he was appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Barack Obama, where he served till 2015 as the nation’s first openly Autistic presidential appointee. He currently directs MySupport.com, an online platform working to help empower people with disabilities to control their own services.


Teshale Nuer

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Teshale is an NYC based storyteller and performance artist and quintessential good Samaritan. Proud plant parent of one small, but hearty tree named Gary, our greatest achievements include: terrible Yelp reviews, excessive usage of the royal ‘we’ as a personal pronoun and sporadic installments of ‘The Gary Show’.