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Frederick A. Fay
Birth: Sep. 12, 1944
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 2011
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Disabled Rights Activist. He was one of the Nation's most prominent advocates for the rights of the disabled and was among the first to gain disability civil rights. In 1961, he sustained a cervical spinal cord injury at 16 after falling from a trapeze. As a quadriplegic, he discovered the world was not designed for people with disabilities. Refusing to let his physical impairments define him, after finishing high school, he enrolled at the University of Illinois and graduated with a doctorate in educational psychology in 1967. He organized demonstrations, lobbied campaigns and joined other activists to push for accessibility in public buildings, an effort which led to the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. He also founded the Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, an independent living center for the disabled and was director of research at Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts. He spoke throughout the country about the rights of the disabled and advised Presidential candidates on polictial issues concerning the disabled. In 1990, he played a major role in winning support for the Federal Americans With Disabilities Act, which guarantees job rights, marked parking spaces and access to public facilities for the disabled. He was honored with the Henry B. Betts award for outstanding achievements in civil rights for Americans with disabilities in 1997 and received the American Association of People with Disabilities Justice for All Award in 2006. He died at age 66 from pulmonary failure. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
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Record added: Sep 04, 2011
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Frederick A. Fay
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- JasmineFlower
 Added: Feb. 17, 2017

- In Memory of Margo & Jens
 Added: Aug. 22, 2016
thank you for pioneering for disabled people's rights so that i and all the generations of disabled people to come after me will one day be accepted into society without having to change. you will be remembered
- eli
 Added: Jul. 4, 2016
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