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April 2019

 

 

DANNY’S GONE

Long-Time Activist Robert Dies After Years with MS

Longtime disability advocate Daniel Robert died March 13, 2019 at his home in New York City, at the age of 71.

Robert was born and raised in New York and worked in the motion picture industry as a set designer for many years, starting at the age of 18.

In 1988, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), As he started to lose physical function, he became a wheelchair user.

Years later Robert became an advocate for actors with disabilities to be cast in roles of characters who were disabled.

He was married to another well-known crusader in the disability community – Nadina LaSpina. The pair met in 1992, at a press conference regarding access to public places at the Empire State Building.

They were both passionate about a variety of causes, including accessible transportation and bringing a single-payer health system to New York State. Together they became very involved with well-known advocacy organizations such as Disabled in Action (DIA), NYC .Read more in this months edition of Able News


 

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