Gyasi Burks-Abbot

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Gyasi Burks-Abbott is a writer, speaker, and autism self-advocate who has shared his experiences living with autism at various conferences and served on the boards of many autism organizations. A graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where he earned a BA in English and psychology, Gyasi also holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in Boston. Gyasi has been both a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Gopen Fellow at UMass Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion. In the latter role, Gyasi created a website of autism in adulthood resources ( He also collaborated with LEND Faculty and a former Fellow on an article about virtual advocacy ( Currently, Gyasi wears several different hats including as an advisor to the Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, a Citizen member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and a Commissioner on the State Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. He lives in Bedford, Massachusetts.