Many people make the Fund possible!
Our core team
Our core team is a group of autistic people of color with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
Lydia X. Z. Brown is the founder and volunteer director of the Fund. They are an advocate, organizer, educator, writer, and attorney.
Morénike Giwa Onaiwu is Grants Selection Chair for the Fund, representing the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. They also lead the Committee on Autism, Race, and Ethnicity at AWN and co-edited the anthology All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism.
Sharon daVanport is Founder and Executive Director of the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. They provide general administrative and financial support for the Fund, since AWN is the fiscal sponsor and partner organization of the Fund.
Adie Baez is volunteer operations assistant for the Fund. She is a disability rights advocate, social sciences researcher, and staff for the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
Past team members and community members in solidarity
Sara María Acevedo is a disability justice activist who was formerly Disability Organizing and Research Fellow, and provided critical support to the Fund in Spring 2019. She is now Assistant Professor of Disability Studies in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Miami University in Ohio. She also serves on the board of directors for the Society for Disability Studies and the editorial board of Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture.
We’ve also received support in various ways from many other broader community members, and from many other people among AWN’s leadership, staff, and volunteers.
Among the many, many others whose work has helped the fund grow, we particularly appreciate the support and solidarity of Deepinder K. Goraya, Shain M. Neumeier, and Lori Berkowitz.