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In 2018, NYSILC created the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have made lifelong achievements which positively impact people with disabilities in society.

Areas of lifelong achievement include: improving public policy and programs/services, advancing new knowledge and/or concepts, eliminating barriers, and promoting a positive image for people with disabilities.

To date, we have inducted 23 disability champions into our Hall of Fame. NYILSC is happy to announce the newest class of inductees into the Hall of Fame for the class of 2023! 

Class of 2023 Inductees
Debra (Debbie) Bonomo
Kathy Lynch

Our previous Hall of Fame inductees include:

Bernard Carabello (2022)
Bruce Darling (2019)
Maria Dibble (2019)
Susan Dooha (2022)
Anna Fay (posthumous) (2018)
Denise Figueroa (2019)
Patricio (Pat) Figueroa, Jr. (2018)
Robert (Bob) Gumson (2020-21)
Judith Heumann (2022)
Sally Johnston (2022)
Constance Laymon (posthumous) (2018)
Barbara (Bobbi) Linn (2019)
Janice Lintz (2022)
Terence J. (Terry) Moakley (posthumous) (2018)
Michael Peluso (posthumous) (2018)
Clifton (Cliff) Perez (2018)
Edith Prentiss (posthumous) (2020-21)
Marilyn Saviola (2018)
Susan Scheer (2020-21)
Sandra Schnur (posthumous) (2019)
Melvyn (Mel) Tanzman (2020-21)
Douglas J. (Doug) Usiak (2018)
James (Jim) Weisman (2020-21)