List of Poliomyelitis Survivors - Uncontested Diagnosis - Disability Rights Activists

Disability Rights Activists

Name Life Comments
Dart, Jr., Justin WhitlockJustin Whitlock Dart, Jr. 1930–2002 An activist who helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A bout of polio at age 18 left him using a wheelchair.
Ducharme, TheresaTheresa Ducharme 1945–2004 A crusader for equality of disabled people, Ducharme contracted polio in 1953. The disease left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a respirator for the rest of her life.
Gallagher, HughHugh Gallagher 1933–2004 Author and disability rights advocate, Hugh Gallagher contracted polio at college and subsequently required a wheelchair due to lower-body paralysis. He aided the drafting of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.
Heumann, JudithJudith Heumann 1947 !born 1947 Heumann contracted polio when she was 18 months old, and is unable to walk. She became a disability rights activist, co-founding the World Institute on Disability, and served as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services during the Clinton Administration.
Roberts, EdEd Roberts 1939–1995 A disability rights activist who co-founded the World Institute on Disability and was the first severely disabled student to attend the University of California, Berkeley. At age 14 Roberts contracted polio; he was paralysed and in an iron lung within 24 hours. When told he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life, he "decided to be an artichoke...a little prickly on the outside but with a big heart."

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