Marca Bristo

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Marca Bristo is a disability rights activist. Bristo was paralyzed from the chest down in a diving accident in 1977, when she was 23 years old.[1] In 1983 she cofounded the (American) National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) with Max Starkloff and Charlie Carr.[2] She helped to write the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and for her work on that Act she was granted the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the Americans with Disabilities Act Award and the 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards.[3][1] She was also the chair of the (American) National Council on Disability from 1994 to 2002, and as such was its first disabled chair.[4][1] As of 2014 she is president of the United States International Council on Disabilities.[5] She is currently the president and chief executive officer of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, of which she was a founder. [6][7]


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  2. ^ "Disability History Timeline". Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Independent Living Management. Temple University. 2002. Archived from the original on 2013-12-20.
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  4. ^ "The U.S. and the CRPD: An Interview with USICD President Marca Bristo". NationofChange. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22.
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  6. ^ "MetroWest Center for Independent Living, Inc.: Marca Bristo".
  7. ^ "MARCA BRISTO". Independent Living Services of Northern California.