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Cori stands in front of the PA Capitol building
Cori Frazer
Executive Director

Cori Frazer is an Autistic and queer/nonbinary activist and director of the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy. Cori is currently pursuing their master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on community organizing at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and serving as an intern with the Education Rights Network, an education justice project of One Pennsylvania which focuses on dismantling the systemic causes of school-to-prison pipeline and ameliorating its impact on students of color and students with disabilities.

Cori has been involved in activism and advocacy since their teens, initially working to organize a Day of Silence and LGBT alliance at their high school in rural southwestern PA in 2007. They have lived in Pittsburgh since 2009, working with Rainbow Alliance, Campus Women’s Organization, and Campus Sexual Assault Services during their time at Pitt, where they received their BA in Social Work and a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2013. Cori writes in their spare time, with work in publications by Autonomous Press, End the Silence Campaign, a few zines, and more than a few letter to the editor sections. 

Jess Benham
Director of Public Policy

Jessica is an Autistic doctoral student in Communication and a master’s student in Bioethics at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a master’s degree in communication studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her primary research interests lie in investigating the rhetorical and ethical constructions of disability in society. Her thesis, Proud to be Autistic: Metaphorical Construction and Salience of Cultural and Personal Identity in #StopCombatingMe, presents research on Autistic self-advocacy through a neurodiversity perspective. A firm believer in the value of Autistic culture, Jessica is also an advocate for Autistic rights, interested in creating sensory friendly spaces in educational settings, increasing access to IEPs for Autistic children in public schools, helping parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals better understand Autistic people, and reducing barriers to employment for Autistic adults. Heavily involved in Pittsburgh disability advocacy, Jess was recognized in 2016 as an Autistic Scholars Fellow by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network