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 18 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 2022! 

Class of 2022 Inductees

Bernard Carabello
Susan Dooha
Judith Heumann
Sally Johnston
Janice Lintz

 Our 4th class of Hall of Famers will be officially TONIGHT, at the Albany Wolf Road Marriott.  The in-person event will begin at 5:30 pm with the streaming presentation beginning at 6:45 pm.


Our previous Hall of Fame inductees include:

Bruce Darling (2019)
Maria Dibble (2019)
Anna Fay (posthumous) (2018)
Denise Figueroa (2019)
Patricio (Pat) Figueroa, Jr. (2018)
Robert (Bob) Gumson (2020-21)
Constance Laymon (posthumous) (2018)
Barbara (Bobbi) Linn (2019)
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)