Marca Bristo Accomplishments

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Marca Bristo is one of the activists that want to make a difference in this world. She was born in 1953, in Albany, New York. Marca Bristo attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, and graduated in 1974. While attending Beloit College, she got involved in feminist, and soon became to form her future activism. Her life has been devoted guaranteeing equal approach to educational, vocational, and residential services for people with disabilities. In 1977, at the age of 23 Marca Bristo had a diving accident that affected her to be paralyzed from the chest down. It was after this accident that Bristo became more conscious of the discrimination around the world. She did not only see what women experienced when they had issues of reproduction and sexuality, but everyone that had a disability was treated unequally and different. The moment she learned that everyone with a disability wasn’t treated the same led Bristo to attend a sexuality and disability conference in Berkeley in 1978. She definitely became more evolving in the disability rights movement. After two years of her accident, Bristo took the wheel of forming Access Living.…show more content…
From 1980-1982, Bristo helped start Access Living, she also helped form the National Council on Independent Living, this is an organization whose task is to maintain independent living and help the rights of people with disabilities. As an executive director of Chicago’s Access Living, who Bristo, calls it the “environmentally friendly building” at 115 West Chicago Avenue, she also thinks its a successful symbol of what people with disabilities can achieve. In 1994, she was elected C.E.O. of the National Council on Disability. Bristo left the National Council on Disability in 2002, even though she left the NCD she still working and supporting disability activism as the president and executive officer of Access

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