About the Archive

The NYC Disability Rights Archive came about by efforts of advisory board members who have been involved in disability rights movements and recognize the importance of preserving a record of this history.

Key Personnel

Jessica Murray, Lead Project Consultant and Disability Rights Advocate

James Kaser, Archivist, College of Staten Island

Advisory Board

Susan Abdulezer, Documentary film producer, former educator at NYC Dept of Education District 75

Peggy Groce, Director of Travel Training for students with significant disabilities, NYC Dept of Education District 75, 1970-2017

Laura Kennedy, The Arc New York (formerly NYSARC, Inc), Willowbrook Task Force, Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, and Founder of The Arc New York Historical Archives Workgroup

Kleo King, United Spinal Association, former General Counsel for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

Nadina LaSpina, Disability Rights Activist and Educator, Disabled In Action, Disability Independence Day March

Jean Ryan, President of Disabled In Action of Metropolitan NY, Taxis For All Campaign 

Warren Shaw, Historian of disability and disability activism in NYC, creator of disabilityhistorynyc.com