Mental Health, Disability & All of Us – MARCH 27

All of Us Research Program graphic showing a diverse collage of people of different ages, races, and abilities.

Seeking out mental health support is challenging for many of us. The conversation around mental health often gets more complicated when you’re disabled, LGBTQIA+ or a person of color. Join us on March 27th from 2:00 – 3:30 ET for the next conversation in our Disability & Health Webinar series. You’ll hear from self-advocates and policy experts on mental health and disability, moderated by AAHD’s Public Policy Director, Clarke Ross. Learn more about the mental health research currently being conducted with the All of Us Research Program, and how you can be part of it. ASL and CART will be provided, and reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

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Watch the recording from our most recent webinar on Disability Health and Intersectionality. We hope you’ll be with us for our upcoming conversations on community care and chronic illness. Sign up for our general email list to receive registration information on our upcoming sessions in the series.

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Nev Jones (she/her) – Nev Jones PhD is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and mental health services researcher.  Grounded in personal experience of schizophrenia and public sector services, her work focuses on participatory methods, community integration and equity, and anti-carceral policy and practice.  

George Ramirez (he/him) – George is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Southern California. As someone with Cerebral Palsy, George is passionate advocate for the disabled community both personally and professionally. George received a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology in December of 2023 and is currently working in Substance Use Disorder.

Lydia X.Z. Brown (they/them) – Lydia is the Director of Public Policy at the National Disability Institute and Senior Advisor to the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They have worked for over 15 years as a committed advocate, community organizer, and policy expert at the nexus of disability rights and disability justice. Lydia has spoken, facilitated, and consulted internationally and throughout the U.S. on a range of topics related to disability rights and disability justice, especially at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and has published in numerous scholarly and community publications. Their work addresses the deep interconnections between ableism and other forms of systemic discrimination, marginalization, and oppression, and has often focused on interpersonal, state, and corporate violence, deprivation, and exploitation targeting disabled people at the margins of the margins. Lydia currently teaches at Georgetown University, holding faculty appointments in Disability Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship Program at the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Nicole Jorwic (she/her) – Nicole Jorwic is an experienced policy professional supporting advancements in disability, aging and direct care workforce policy and mobilization. Nicole is the Chief of Advocacy and Campaigns for Caring Across Generations. Prior to her current role, Nicole was Senior Director of Public Policy and Senior Executive Officer of State Advocacy at The Arc of the United States. Before coming to DC to work on Federal Advocacy, Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor and Manager of the Employment First Initiative in Illinois. Prior to that appointment, Nicole was the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities. Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney. Nicole leads and supports many coalitions to advance the priorities of strengthening and expanding access to home and community-based care and better pay for direct care workers. Nicole is a member of the Presidents Committee on People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Nicole is most importantly a sibling to her brother Chris who is 33 and has autism, a former direct care worker, and on the care team for her 90 year old grandma who has Parkinson’s.