Deidre Davis Butler, who used a wheelchair as a result of spinal cord damage, championed the rights of people with disabilities. As an attorney, she helped draft the Americans With Disabilities Act, and was dedicated to making sure that everyone had equal access to resources and support.
Like all great leaders, Betty was a great listener. She listened to other self-advocates about issues that mattered to them like competitive employment.
A passionate advocate for the rights, education and employment of blind people everywhere, Anil currently serves as the executive director of Blindness Initiatives for the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, MD, where he leads a dynamic team of individuals responsible for the creation, development, implementation, and replication of innovative projects and programs throughout a nationwide network of affiliates that work to positively affect the education, employment, and quality of life of all blind people.
Lois Curtis is a black artist and activist who fought for the right to live in the community and to be provided adequate support. Her case went to the Supreme Court in the now-famous L.C. v. Olmstead decision.
Brad Lomax, a member of the Black Panther Party, was unflinching in his advocacy around Black empowerment and disability rights.
During Black History Month, Independence Now shares stories that celebrate the lives and legacies of Black leaders who have ignited us to create a more inclusive, hopeful, and equitable world.
Independence Now recognizes the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States.
The Independence Now team looks back at 2020 and lists all the new ideas that were implemented – and what a list it is!
Independence Now created this guide to help individuals with disabilities find accessible behavioral and mental health services in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.
In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Independence Now reaffirms our commitment to continue the important work of creating a more equitable and safe community for all.