Jevon Okundaye

What’s it like to be black and disabled in America?

…Miles’s story is emblematic of what it’s like to be Black and disabled in America: Every day is a struggle to not get left behind…Jevon Okundaye, a 24-year-old Black man with autism, worries that one day he’ll be stopped by a police officer and his lack of eye contact will be perceived as a threat. Okundaye, who graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a degree in English and Africana Studies and works now as a fellow focusing on race and disability for the nonprofit group Massachusetts Advocates for Children, carries an autism ID card in his wallet but isn’t sure that will offer any protection. “If I were to pull it out in a panic, a police officer might think I’m reaching for a weapon,” he told me. Okundaye hopes that if the cops ever stop him, they’ll give him a chance to explain his diagnosis. Read more in The Atlantic.