A close-up photo of Jules, a light skinned Indigenous woman with brown hair, brown eyes, neutral makeup, and a light smile. She is outside with greenery in the background, wearing a black high-necked lace dress.

Jules Edwards

Board of Directors

Jules Edwards is a neurodivergent Anishinaabe writer, gardener, accountant, and disability justice advocate. She is the parent of neurodivergent Afro Indigenous people, and care provider to many neurodivergent children throughout the years. Jules is passionate about building community and works to improve child safety and disability policy.

Jules’ educational background includes a 2020-21 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship, 2021-22 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) National Training Director Council trainee, and 2022-23 Wilder Foundation Community Equity Program cohort member.

Current roles include: care work of disabled youth, co-founder of Minnesota Autistic Alliance, board member for the Minnesota Ombudsman for American Indian Families, board member of The Arc Minnesota.  She serves as the elected chairperson of the Minnesota Autism Council, a workgroup of the Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Her culture shapes her worldview and decision-making, and she is committed to making the community a better place for generations to come.