Autistic Advisory Council

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Michelle Neumann, Consultant (they/them)

Michelle lives and works in North Carolina’s Triangle area, and was born and raised in North Dakota. Their work is rooted in yoga training, death doula practice, social work training, caregiving experience, meditation, and lived experience as a white, queer, disabled, neurodivergent, nonbinary person. Michelle has been studying privilege & oppression, death, and accessibility for sixteen years in both their personal and professional life.

Bradford West (he/him)

My name is Bradford West. I am 28 years old, I was born and raised in Durham NC. I graduated from Northern High School in 2011. From 2011-2018 I lived in Greensboro and went to College at UNCG. In 2015 I graduated from UNCG,  my major was Integrated Community Studies (ICS for short). While in college I worked as an assistant auto mechanic at Honest 1 Auto Care. I also  worked as a peer mentor, I helped students with intellectual disabilities get around UNCG campus and the community. Right now I’m living in my own house in Durham and working at the VA Hospital as a patient escort. I help veterans get to their appointments and in and out of the hospital.  I have been working at the VA hospital over two years.   

Rémy Jodrey (they/them)

Remington Brown (he/him)

Remington Brown is a certified health coach with 6 years of experience. He has several certifications from different programs related to nutrition and health, including a certification from the University of Central Florida. He enjoys educating the public on healthy lifestyles and how to be the best version of themselves. He also holds a degree in Integrative Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he majored in Advocacy. He has engaged in many projects surrounding Self-Advocacy, Ableism, and Disability Justice over the years.

Rémy is a non-binary autistic self-advocate who works as a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) supervising a program that provides therapeutic supports for individuals who are dually diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health conditions.  Rémy is especially invested in providing education on trauma-informed care and advocating for greater community inclusion for folx with IDD. One of Rémy's additional professional interests includes the intersection of transgender identity and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rémy's lived experiences as a trauma survivor and trans person with multiple disabilities fuels their passions to make our communities safer for marginalized populations and more accessible for all disabled individuals. In their personal life, Rémy enjoys spending time with their chosen family (including two cats), listening to Bachelor recap podcasts, practicing yoga, and reading YA thrillers/mysteries from the library.

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Azrael Burton (xe/they)

I am currently a postdoctoral associate at Duke University with research interests at the intersection of machine learning and quantum information theory. I spend all of my free time with my wonderful child or working on neurodiversity-related initiatives. My special interest is working to develop more neurodiversity-affirming healthcare systems and educational practices. I currently co-facilitate a peer discussion group for neurodivergent individuals; and have also co-led several presentations on autism and neurodiversity for medical professionals, mental health clinicians, and academic staff respectively. I am constantly grateful to Neurodiversity Connections at Duke for the opportunity to become more involved in autism-related advocacy. My hope is that we can develop a world where everyone's unique perspective and way of communicating is valued and respected, and where all kinds of diversity are celebrated.

Azrael is working toward a degree in Women and Gender Studies with a Minor in Sexuality Studies. Xe is driven by furthering sex education into a more intersectional arena, as xis lived experience is inherently intersectional. They believe marginalized communities are particularly underserved in many academic conversations surrounding gender, sex and sexuality and looks to those primary sources as equally important.

RJ Teo (he/him/they/them)

I am formally trained as a scientist but will start working for a law firm! I am really excited and thankful to be part of this community. I aspire to promote neurodiversity awareness in the practice of law and how firms can become more inclusive. I enjoy playing table tennis, running, and spending time with family. I am also interested in exploring the intersection of autism and culture, while envisioning an equitable society for all.