Surviving Burnout from Ableism & Racism in the Pandemic

Originally aired on: January 31, 2021
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AWN hosted a discussion with Allilsa Fernandez and Dom Chatterjee about burnout and racism and ableism in the pandemic in January 2021.

Disabled people in Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and mixed-race communities live and struggle against the trauma of racism and ableism every day. During the pandemic, our communities have witnessed and experienced constant violence – in the medical and psychiatric systems, in the criminal legal system, in the educational systems, and in our own homes, communities, and movements. We are all burned out and far beyond capacity even though we are often on the front lines fighting for justice and freedom. This webinar will discuss what it means to survive burnout from racism and ableism during a global pandemic, and how we can offer care to each other outside of harmful systems.


Allilsa Fernandez

Allilsa Fernandez is a mental health and disability advocate and activist. They are currently Advocacy and Policy Senior at ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, and member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Shelter Organizing Team. He is a board member of the National Council on Independent Living, DREAM, and ISPS-US. She is also a peer specialist and aspiring lawyer.

Dom Chatterjee

Dom Chatterjee (they/them) is a freelance editor, holistic health educator, and the lead organizer behind QTPoC Mental Health. They seek healing through peer support, aerial arts, music, baking, and writing. Find the community-driven resources they organize on

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