A smiling older white man sits outdoors, with trees and a brick building behind him.

I did not go to law school to be a disability rights advocate. It was only after considering how I had been excluded and thinking about how the world should be made better that I got involved in advocacy.

Participating in the negotiation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was a life-changing experience. All these people came together with the same mind and will and desire to empower people with disabilities around the world. It’s a large responsibility to try to advocate for human rights for the billion people with disabilities. I view the medical profession as allies too—as individuals who have the potential to be agents for change.

This Is Me

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we present the This Is Me exhibit. This Is Me amplifies the voices of individuals living with disabilities and chronic health conditions, caregivers and disability rights activists.