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One of NYSILC’s council members, Kathryn (Katy) Carroll, has been awarded the National Council on Independent Living’s Regional Advocacy Award! You can read the full story from NCIL below.

Washington, D.C. – On July 21, 2021, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) announced the winners of its 2021 Advocacy Awards during its Annual Conference on Independent Living. We are thrilled to announce that Kathryn Carrol, Esq. of New York State was announced as the Region 2 Advocacy Award winner.  Region 2 encompasses New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kathryn is a lawyer who has dedicated her career thus far to promoting, improving, and advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities and accessibility in international human rights programs, employment, transportation, education, culture and recreation, and healthcare. She has served various organizations in their disability rights-related work, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Burton Blatt Institute, United Nations, Not Dead Yet, and Caring Majority Rising. Most recently, she has focused on access to long-term services and supports by disabled people and improving home- and community-based services. Lately, Kathryn has enjoyed volunteering as a member of grassroots direct-action organizations like the Poor People’s Campaign and National ADAPT in our work to secure just and adequate COVID19 relief and support for poor and disabled people.

Kathryn also devotes her time to mentorship and causes meaningful to her. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the New York State Independent Living Council, serves on the Board of EmpowHer Network, and recently started a new position with the Association on Aging in New York.  Kathryn values and promotes mentoring through the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) and legal-profession groups.

Kathryn’s advocacy and activism impacts lives across New York and our country. Her steadfast passion for civil and social justice inspires upcoming leaders and shapes our future as a community.

To see the 2021 NCIL Awards Ceremony in full and meet the award winners from other Regions, please CLICK HERE.