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Disabilities Rights Activists:

• Larry Allison - In 1973-1991 he was the deputy director of the New York City Mayor's Office for the Disabled.
• Anita Baldwin - In the early 1800's she was deputy director and head of blind services at the Center for Independent Living, Berkeley, California
• Billy Barner - In the years 1969-1973 he was the first African American student in UC Berkeley's Cowell Residence Program for Physically Disabled Students.
• Elmer Bartels - He was the co-founder of the Boston Center for Independent Living.
• Gerald Belchick - California Department of Rehabilitation counselor ans liaison to the Cowell Residence program, 1970s.
• William Berenberg - Harvard professor and pioneer in the treatment and rehabilitation of cerebral palsy.
• Jacquelyn Brand - founder of the Disabled Children's Computer Group and Alliance for Technology Access.
• Mary Lou Breslin - co-founder and director of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
• Marca Bristo - executive director of Chicago's Access Living; former chair of the National Council on Disability; co-founder of the National Council on Independent Living.
• Henry Bruyn - director of Student Health Services, UC Berkeley, 1959-1972.
• Joel Bryan - founder and director of Disabled Students' Services, UC Riverside and UC Davis.
• Robert Burgdorf - drafted the first version of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
• Tony Coelho - original congressional sponsor of the ADA.
• Tracy Copp - an early advocate for people with disabilities.
• Justin Whitlock Dart, Jr. - helped pass the ADA; co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
• Dr. Gerben Dejong - director of Research, Economic, and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s National Rehabilitation Hospital.
• Eric Dibner - housing and access specialist and staff member at the Physically Disabled Students' Program, UC Berkeley, and the Center for Independent Living, Berkeley.
• James Donald - deputy director of California Department of Rehabilitation, 1975-1982.
• Anna Fay - founding member of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the National Paraplegia Foundation, the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, and the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities.
• Fred Fay - co-founder of Boston Center for Independent Living and American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities; instrumental in development of adaptive computer technology.
• Dr. Hugh Gallagher - author; expert on the atrocities committed against people with disabilities by the Nazi regime.
• Jim Gashel - director of communications for the National Federation of the Blind.
• Isabelle Goldenson - co-founder of United Cerebral Palsy.
• Paul Hearne - co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); president of The Dole Foundation.
• Judy Heumann - co-founder of Disabled in Action; deputy director of the Center For Independent Living, 1976; co-director of the World Institute on Disability.
• Steny Hoyer - sponsored the passage of the ADA.
• Neil Jacobson - co-founder of the Computer Training Project, Berkeley, 1974.
• Kenneth Jernigan - executive director of the National Federation of the Blind.
• Mark Johnson - member of ADAPT (American Disabled for Accessible Public Transportation).
• I. King Jordan - co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
• Deborah Kaplan - founder of the Disability Rights Center, Washington, D.C. in 1976; former Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability (1996 - 2004).
• John D. Kemp - co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
• Douglas Martin - first executive director of the Westside Center for Independent Living; national leader in social security and health benefits reform; helped pass the ADA; coordinator of ADA and 504 compliance at UCLA.
• Denise McQuade - executive director of the Brooklyn Center for Independent Living.
• Sharon MistIer - director of the Independence Center of Northern Virginia.
• David Oaks - Director of Mind Freedom International, a coalition of psychiatric survivors movement organizations.
• Mary Jane Owen - founder and national director of Disabled Catholics in Action; executive director of the National Catholic Office for Individuals with Disabilities.
• Major Owens - helped pass the ADA.
• Cedric Pugh - author; campaigner for disability rights in higher education.
• Ed Roberts (activist) - head of California's Department of Rehabilitation; co-founder of the World Institute on Disability.
• Robert Ruffner - president of the American Association of Disability Communicators.
• Mary Switzer - helped shape the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1954; commissioner of vocational rehabilitation.
• Dr. Sylvia Walker - co-founder of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).
• Frieda Zames - former president of Disabled in Action (DIA).

List of activists from http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of-disability-rights-activists

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