Champions of Change

Champions of Change: Americans With Disabilities Act

The White House honors eight Americans who embody the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Lydia Brown is an Autistic and multiply-disabled disability rights activist, scholar, and writer. She is currently interning at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in...

Zach Garafalo is the Assistant Director of YOUTH POWER! (YP!). YP! is a cross-systems advocacy organization that brings the voices of young people with disabilities to government officials in New...

Andrew Phillips is the Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf. He is responsible for providing analysis, recommendations, and counsel to the NAD on policy issues affecting deaf and...

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt has never let her paralysis distract her from her goals. In addition to being a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to...

Zoe Gross is a senior at Vassar College and the 2013 Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. She became involved in disability advocacy through her...

Ki’tay Davidson is a social justice advocate and innovationist who creates models of inclusiveness to change the way people perceive and address the rights of persons with disabilities. Ki’tay...

Anupa Iyer holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles. She was awarded the 2011 Seattle...

Desiree is a leader who has been working with YOUTH POWER! for two years. Some of her work has included creating a peer support group in a Residential Treatment Facility and also partnering with a...