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UCSF Healthcare Advocates for Social Justice invite you to join us on Thursday, July 11th at 3PM for a discussion called “Reshaping Perspectives and Narratives around mental health, disability, and neurodivergence within the AANHPI Community.” The talk will feature Vietnamese queer, autistic storyteller and speaker, Dennis Tran.

Dennis is a social impact storyteller, DEIA speaker, and consultant, who is on a mission to build a more neuroinclusive and accessible world, where people with disabilities and neurodivergence can live a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

He holds a degree in Public Health Policy from UC Irvine and serves as the Director of Partnerships for the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative (AADI), an organization that uplifts the voices of disabled Asian Americans, and he is the creator and host of his podcast, Asian Lifing, which traces his journey navigating disability and late neurodivergence with mental health challenges.

As a queer, partially blind, late identified adhd-autistic neurodiverse Vietnamese American living with glaucoma and C-PTSD, Dennis is using the profound knowledge and mindset shifts he has gained through his late diagnoses towards neurodiversity inclusion. He advocates for others in the disability space and those in marginalized communities to ensure authentic representation, inclusiveness, and accessibility for all.

You can register for the talk here and learn more about Dennis here. This lecture is free to attend but donations to the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative is strongly encouraged.

This event was planned by a diverse group of UCSF staff who organized in response to the ongoing racial injustices. The goal of the UCSF Healthcare Advocates for Social Justice monthly speaker series is to promote critical thinking and action around intersectional structures of power, privilege, and racial oppression in clinical care, education, and beyond. We will continue to highlight the efforts of community antiracism activists.

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