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.
Rezilience Williamson, Storytelling Advocacy and Stewardship (they/them)
Rezilience is a neurodivergent nonbinary person going places, who fosters hope in a world full of hype. Rezilience is a Durham-born, Black queer poet who has been working with community and nonprofit organizations in areas of storytelling, strategic communications, and advocacy since 2018. They believe that poetry is a powerful source for liberation, exploration of voice, and community building. In 2021, they earned a bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Education from Duke University. As an aspiring educator, Rezilience tends to move with their arms wide and their vision panoramic as they try to include as many voices as they can in whatever they cultivate, whether it be an event or an experience. Rezilience hopes to engage in storytelling advocacy and stewardship to facilitate programming for queer neurodivergent folks to explore their artistic voices.
Leah Broadwell, Store Coordinator (she/her)
Leah has called Durham her home for the past 9 years and has spent most of her time focusing on what it means to connect to community through food. She spent 10 years at a local NPO working within the disability community through food, creative arts, farming and community building. She now works at Part and Parcel in Downtown Durham. As a queer indentifying person living with chronic invisible illness, she is particuarly invested in engaging with & learning more about community building, accessibility, advocacy work and how to connect disabled & neurodivergent creatives.
Jonah Sanville, Advocacy Design (they/she/he)
My name is Jonah Sanville and I am 24 years old. I have lived in Durham my entire life. I was diagnosed with autism right around my 5th birthday. I have gone to school, worked, dated, and lived with autism since then. I know what it is like to be a young person with autism living in Durham. I am hoping to be able to share these experiences with the community and help them understand how the Autistic mind works. I am really excited about this opportunity. I love to spend time with my friends, eat out, travel, read web comics, and spend time with my dog. I also serve on the Autistic Advisory Council.