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Stacy Park Milbern (1987–2020), inspiration to Americans with disabilities, dies on 33rd birthday

by Linnea Crowther

Stacy Park Milbern was an activist for disability justice who stressed the importance of listening to the voices of LGBTQ+ people and people of color in the disability community.

Fighting for justice

Milbern, who had muscular dystrophy, spent her adult life working to spread understanding of the issues faced by people with disabilities, and fighting for their equality. In North Carolina, she worked to have high schools add information on disability history added to their curriculum. She spoke out about the importance of disability rights activism including the experiences of LGBTQ+ people with disabilities, as well as those of people of color with disabilities. In California, when last summer’s wildfires led to shutdowns by Pacific Gas and Electric, she spoke out about the needs of people with disabilities who rely on ventilators and other electrically powered medical equipment.

Milbern on one goal of her activism

“I would want people with disabilities 20 years from now to not think that they’re broken. You know, not think that there is anything spiritually or physically or emotionally wrong with them.” —from a 2017 interview shared on Vimeo

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What people said about her

Full obituary: The New York Times

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