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List of disability rights activists

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A disability-rights activist or disability-rights advocate is someone who works towards the equality of people with disabilities. Such a person is generally considered a member of the disability-rights movement and/or the independent-living movement.

A


B

C

D

E

  • Anne Emerman - director of the New York City Mayor's Office for Disabilities (MOPD) during the administration of David Dinkins.[32]
  • Dominick Evans – filmmaker, activist, founder of #FilmDis. Media & Entertainment advocate for Center for Disability Rights in New York.[33]
  • Edward Evans – Chairman of the UK Ministry of Health Health Advisory Committee on Handicapped Persons from 1949 to 1960[34]

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

  • Corbett O'Toole – disability rights activist and author in Berkeley, California; established the National Disabled Women's Educational Equity Project
  • Mary Jane Owen – disability rights activist, philosopher, policy expert and writer who has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since 1979

P

R

S

T

  • Joni Ericson Tada – evangelical Christian author, radio host, and founder of Joni and Friends, an organization "accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community."[94]
  • Sunaura Taylor – artist, writer, and activist[95]
  • Jack Thorne – English screenwriter and playwright

U

V

  • Susanna van Tonder – Luxembourgish disability-rights activist, patient advocate and blogger with multiple sclerosis
  • Lizzie Velásquez – author and public speaker on themes of self-esteem and bullying of young people with disabilities
  • Henry Viscardi Jr. – American disability-rights activist who was also advisor to eight US presidents on disability matters

W

Y

Z

  • Frieda Zames – mathematics professor, writer and advocate for access to all aspects of public life, especially transportation; as an official of Disabled in Action, campaigned for wheelchair access on New York City buses, ferries and taxis and buildings like the Empire State Building; with her sister, Zames, wrote the book, The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation
  • Maysoon Zayid – Palestinian actress, comedian, and disability rights activist known for her Ted Talk, "I've Got 99 Problems...Palsy is Just One"
  • Hale Zukas – architectural and transportation barriers consultant, known for his pioneering work in Berkeley, California; lobbied for the creation and adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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