While you couldn’t tell by my inactivity here so far this month, March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. To recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month I wish to write a “Personality Profile” on someone whose done a whole lot for disability awareness and advocacy, Anita Cameron. Anita serves as a leader for the national disability advocacy group ADAPT. The following words describing ADAPT comes from the organization’s own website (adapt.org).
“ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.”
I first learned about Anita back in 2010 writing for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. We both wrote articles relating to disabilities, leading our paths to eventually cross. Her articles about disabilities intrigued me and obviously many others given Yahoo! Contributor Network named Anita Cameron a “2010 Rising Star.” I highly recommend visiting Anita’s Yahoo! Contributor Network profile and reading some of her articles which vary from documenting past ADAPT activities such as “My Visit to the White House” and “ADAPT Goes to Washington, DC, Kicks Off Defending Our Freedom Campaign” to discussing thought provoking issues like “People with Disabilities Must Not Have a Single Social or Political Focus” and “Killing Children with Disabilities is Murder, Not Mercy!”
A look at Anita Cameron’s Yahoo! Contributor Network bio reveals some great accolades for Anita. She has written national legislation, received an invite to the White House twice, met three presidents, and appeared in a book published by historian Howard Zinn. Basically Anita Cameron provides the disability community with a great role model.
*Connect with Anita and follow her on Twitter at @adaptanita.