From: ItsOurStoryProject | Jul 26, 2010
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Elmer Bartels and Fred Fay, part 05 of 08: "1973 Rehab Act"
Fred Fay and Elmer Bartels of Boston, MA speak about bringing independent living into the vocational rehabilitation community, working alongside Ed Roberts, and advocating for Disability Rights.
Fred acquired a spinal cord injury at age 16; he became a leader for disability rights, founded the Boston Center for Independent Living, the Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, and of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities; he worked alongside many others to secure the passage of the ADA.
Elmer broke his neck during a hockey game in college; he soon became a political leader in the disability community and served for 30 years as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, eventually becoming director of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation.
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This interview transcribed by Kyle Shea.
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* repost from June 2011
Fred Fay (September 12, 1944 - August 20, 2011) : A Disability Policy Advocate Remembered
Frederick A. Fay dies at 66; advocate for rights of the disabled : Obituaries Aug 2011