Harilyn Rousso

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Harilyn Rousso
Born 1946
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Disabled rights activist

Harilyn Rousso (born 1946) is an American disabled rights activist, psychotherapist, artist,[1] and feminist. In 2003[1] she was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Harilyn Rousso was born in 1946 with cerebral palsy.[1][2] She decided to go into psychotherapy and was discouraged by her professors who believed that a woman with cerebral palsy could not succeed in her career, thus they refused to teach her. She would move on to another training facility and eventually obtained her license.[1] Rousso would also graduate from Brandeis University with a degree in economics.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Rousso's main work focuses on three themes: psychotherapy, disabled women and fine art. After graduation from college she worked at the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. which helped trigger her interest in working with people.[3] In the 1980s Rousso began the Networking Project for Disabled Women and Girls at the New York City YWCA. Later that decade she would publish Disabled, Female, and Proud: Stories of Ten Women with Disabilities and make the film Positive Images: Portraits of Women with Disabilities. As a disabled rights activist worked for the United Nations Fourth International Conference on Women and used that experience to foster Beijing +5, a series of trainings for disabled women. She has also served on the board of Ms. magazine, the Center for Women Policy Studies, the Sister Fund, among others. In 2000 she was the recipient of the Jessie Bernard Wise Women Award.[1]

Since 1997 she has also produced fine art as a way to enhance visibility and awareness about disability.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rousso, Harilyn. Disabled, Female, and Proud: Stories of Ten Women with Disabilities. Bergin & Garvey Paperback (1993). ISBN 0-89789-358-1
  • Rousso, Harilyn. Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. (2013)
  • Rousso, Harilyn and Michael L. Wehmeyer. Double Jeopardy: Addressing Gender Equity in Special Education Supports and Services. Albany: SUNY Press (2001). ISBN 0-7914-5075-9
  • Rousso, Harilyn. Gender matters : training for educators working with students with disabilities. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Library (2002).


  1. ^ a b c d e f Corbett J. O'Toole (2002). "Spotlight Shines on U.S. Women with Disabilities". Issue No. 16. Disability World. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography Center". Women's History Month. National Women's History Project. 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Patricia Chadwick (2003). "Famous (and not-so-famous) People with Disabilities". People. Disability Social History Project. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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