We Are the Medicine We Seek: A Gathering of Service Providers to Collectively Grieve and Strategize the Protection of our Neurodivergent Community

When we gather in purpose, we heal. Warm sunrise backlighting wildflower fields about to bloom.

MONDAY, March 25, 2024

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT / 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. MT / 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. AKT / 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HT (view in your timezone)


The Pacific Southwest MHTTC Team recognizes that the young people we serve experience injustice regularly and that far too often at the hands of institutions they turn to for support. This knowledge is amplified for us by the recent police shooting of Ryan Gainer in Applegate, CA. We collectively experience both new grief and persistent fears regarding the safety of our BIPOC and neurodivergent youth and families.

Ryan Gainer was a 15 year old Black boy who loved long distance running, music, and video games. He hoped to be an engineer. Ryan was on the autism spectrum and was murdered while experiencing emotional dysregulation. Read more here to learn more about the incident that led to Ryan’s murder and what Disability Justice Advocates are calling for in response.

Join us for an opportunity to process our pain, witness our grief, and radically imagine new ways of intervening. We will uplift our brother, son, student, client, Ryan Gainer and those with similar identities because when we gather in purpose, we heal. The world heals. 

This is not a grief support circle or a training. It is a gathering to witness one another and validate the real and necessary feelings experienced when state violence, racial violence, and disability injustice cause irreversible harm in our communities. 


Meet the Facilitators


Oriana Ides, MA, APCC, PPS (she/her) is a School Mental Health Training Specialist at CARS (the Center for Applied Research Solutions) and approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice. She has worked with young people across the life course from elementary school to college, and has served as teacher-leader, school counselor, classroom educator and program director. She is committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on evidence-based mental health techniques and institutional design.


Falilah “Aisha” Bilal (she/her) has worked joyously for over 30 years creating innovative, relevant evidence-based strategies to transform, empower and develop individuals, systems, organizations and contemporary thought.
Ms. Bilal’s work is centered in healing practices, empowering youth and families, and self-discovery. Ms. Bilal specializes in the field of youth development, healing informed organizational development, and strategic fundraising consultation.

Currently Ms. Bilal serves as the Chief of Staff for the Black Organizing Project as well as directs her own consulting company where she provides trainings, curriculum development, healing experiences, coaching, and executive leadership to local and national agencies, companies and programs. Previously, Ms. Bilal served as a Senior Trainer with the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and a Radical Healer with Flourish Agenda. She served as the Executive Director for M.I.S.S.S.E.Y. raising over 2 million dollars in funds to support sexually exploited children and young adults. She has worked for numerous Bay Area agencies including World Trust, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Bay Area CARES Mentoring Movement, GirlSource, Office of Family, Children and Youth, City of Oakland, and the Young Women’s Freedom Center.

Ms. Bilal holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a B.A. in Theater Arts and Child Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Starts: Mar 25, 2024 2:30 pm
Ends: Mar 25, 2024 4:00 pm
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