Colleen is a disability rights leader, advocate, and visionary. Her passion for assisting The Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, which assists amputees in developing countries, is evident by her commitment to raising money and awareness for the 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign.
The news is full of our “leaders” who want to cut benefits, institutionalize us or ignore our basic human rights altogether. These stories can really get you down, if you let them. We always hear about the legislation and the negative stories, but you rarely see any of the positive news. Continue reading “How Far Are You Willing To Go?”
“We’ve tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” This was the response from the University of California at Berkeley to Ed Roberts when he applied for admission in 1962. This was not the first rejection that Ed received. In 1961, he was considered so severely disabled, that he was labeled “unemployable.” Roberts was significantly disabled, but he knew he could be an Continue reading “The Life of Ed Roberts”
It’s been awhile since I attended an in-person conference, so it was refreshing, and once it began, I felt right at home. Attending, networking, and sharing resources made me feel like an important part of my community. In addition, I connected with about 40 mental health professionals, consumers, and advocates.
Last week in Oakland, CA, I attended the Professional Development of Consumer and Family Member Staff Seminar put on by Working Well Together, which is a collaborative between four organizations, including NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Continue reading “Working Well Together”
Wherever Justin Dart went, his ‘signature’ hat was sure to be with him. To this day, his hat still attends events in his absence. He was wearing it on the White House lawn the day the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was signed by President Bush and it was atop his head whenever he was out rallying support for disability rights.
Justin Dart (August 29, 1930-June 22, 2002) is known for being the “Father of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the “Godfather of the disability rights movement,” and the “spiritual leader of the IL [independent living] movement.” Continue reading “Justin Dart, IL Leader”