The Disability Rights Hall of Fame Selection Committee and NYSILC Board of Directors are honored to recognize two inductees to the 2023 NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame. The following people have been outstanding leaders and advocates for people with disabilities in New York State, and beyond.
After multiple experiences with institutionalization as a young woman, often under frightening conditions, Kathy found her calling: improving the quality of life for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. In doing so, she has also changed the public’s perception of mental illness and those living with it.
Debra (Debbie) Bonomo
Debbie has been involved with the Independent Living and Disability Rights movements for decades. In addition to receiving Independent Living Center services as an individual with cerebral palsy, she has been a volunteer, staff member, board member, and co-founder and board chair of the Center for Disability Rights.