Emily Brooks is a writer, public speaker and advocate who is passionate about changing perspectives on gender, sexuality, and disability through journalism and activism. Emily is currently writing from New York City, where she works with children, teens, and young adults with disabilities and pursues her MA in Disability Studies. Emily is involved in the autistic, LGBTQ, and alternative education communities.
Emily Interviewed on "The Takeaway"!
Emily was interviewed on NPR's "The Takeaway", talking with Todd Zwillich about gender bias, stereotypes, and autism. To read or listen to the interview, click here.
Emily's Answer to Parent's Question about Autism and LGBTQ Identities
Emily contributed to The Parents Project, which helps parents understand their LGBTQ kids, by answering a parent's question about their autistic child, who came out as bisexual and genderqueer. Read Emily's piece, "My Autistic Child Came Out To Me."
Emily's Piece in Special Report on Sex, Gender, and AutismEmily contributed to Spectrum News' special report on sex, gender, and autism: Read Emily's piece, "Focus on Autism Must Broaden to Include Non-Binary Genders".
Emily Speaks at the United Nations
On April 2nd, 2015, Emily Brooks spoke on a panel at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day. The 2015 theme was "Employment: The Autism Advantage". To see and hear Emily's UN speech on discrimination in the workplace for autistic individuals, follow this link. (Emily speaks 1 hour and 22 minutes in.)
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