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.
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.