Sara Luterman is the founder and editor of NOS magazine. You can find her work in The Guardian, Spectrum, and The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism.
Aiyana 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.
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.
Niko Boskovic is a 16 year old from Portland, OR. He began attending a gen ed high school in 2015 and is on track to receive an Oregon diploma in 2019. He plans to study science in college. Niko’s life was transformed after he learned to communicate using a letterboard. Now he wants to apply his energy to changing the world to be a better place for people who aren’t verbal.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
Cal Montgomery spends an awful lot of time perseverating about disability rights. An awful lot of time. There are witnesses. Very patient, yet very bored, witnesses, who think they spend enough time on disability rights and sometimes just want to play with cats.
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 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’.