T Land, Executive Director (they/them)
T is a neurodivergent Durham-native who been working within the Disabled community since 1997. They spent over 15 years in Special Education, teaching in local public, charter, and private schools. In 2008, they founded the Autism Support and Advocacy Center, where they have since worked to create programs to address systemic gaps and engage in advocacy work that is rooted in disability justice and the neurodiversity movement. Previously, they served as the President of the Autism Society for Durham County and as a Board Member for Durham County Special Olympics. In 2020, they earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
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.
Irecka Smith, Media and Communications Consultant (she/her)
Irecka, owner and operator of I. Smith Media Suite, is also a full-time Director of Marketing and Communications for an independent school in Durham, North Carolina. Irecka received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from North Carolina State University, where she studied English, journalism, and adult education. She is a certified marketing strategist, TESOL instructor, and community college teacher. In her spare time she enjoys creating and dreaming—be it photographing, writing, designing, or listening to music.