Champions of Change
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 University School of Law Leadership for Justice Fellowship to work for the Mental Disability Advocacy Center researching violence and abuse against women and girls with intellectual disabilities in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to this, Anupa interned for Equal Employment Commissioner Chai Feldblum and was an American Association for Persons with Disabilities intern at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Anupa’s passion for disability rights advocacy stems from her lived experiences with a psychiatric disability. She is the founder of Self Advocates Now Empowered, a self-advocacy organization that uses legislative advocacy to give a cohesive national voice to, and empower, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, with a focus on youth and young adults. Anupa is also board member of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy, and has been profiled by the U.S. Department Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.