Dr. Sara M. Acevedo

Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at Miami University


Dr. Sara M. Acevedo is an autistic, mestiza educator and disability justice scholar-activist born and raised in Colombia, South America. She is Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at Miami University (Ohio) and faculty associate of the Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology. She has served a three year term on the Board of Directors with the Society for Disability Studies co-chairing the Policy and Publications committee. She serves in the editorial boards of Disability and the Global South: The International Journal and Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture. Dr. Acevedo’s interdisciplinary work combines linguistics, critical disability studies, activist anthropology, and spatial theory among others.

She was awarded the Presidential Medallion and Proclamation for her work with the DEI task force in the Summer of 2020 and received the Student Recognition for Teaching Excellence Award in the Fall of 2020. She is currently a nominee for the D-30 Impact List for disability leadership and a finalist for the Ford Foundation Global Fellowship. At the moment, Dr. Acevedo is working in partnership with UNESCO-Cerlalc to develop content on neurodiversity and literacy alongside a group of experts from across the Iberian-American region.