Our beloved friend and colleague Anna Fay passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, after a brief illness. Anna, who contracted polio in 1944 at the age of six, was a renowned leader in the New York disability rights movement beginning in the 1970s and up until her death.
An Honorable Life
Anna’s activism put her on the frontlines of the fights for accessibility and independent living in New York City, New York State, and the United States.
Among her honors, she helped create the New York Chapter of the National Paraplegia Foundation and The Center for the Independence of the Disabled in New York, the first independent living center in New York. She was on the front-line of fights to give New Yorkers with Disabilities a voice in city government and protection from discrimination in city and state human rights laws.
Anna was also a role model and mentor to four generations of people with disabilities who sought to live independently, outside of institutions. For her life of activism, Anna was recently included among the very first group of inductees into the New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. See that story here.
Hear Anna’s Story on Independence Radio
Independence Radio host Stephanie Wallace spoke with Anna Fay in September 2016 about how growing up with a disability and wanting to live as independently as possible led her to become a leader in the disability rights movement of the 1970s.