Become an honorary committee member here:

October 2019

Dear Colleague,

Please consider this a personal invitation for you to become a member of the “Disability Rights Hall of Fame Honorary Committee” and a team member dedicated to recognizing the lifelong contributions of New Yorkers with Disabilities while at the same time making a meaningful investment in developing youth leadership programs for people with disabilities. 

This will be the third year that three to five laureates will be nominated by their peers, employers, and/or colleagues and vetted by the Disability Rights Hall of Fame Nomination Committee of the New York State Independent Living Council.   On May 6th, 2021, the selected honorees will be publicly recognized and thanked for their lifelong achievements, striving toward the full inclusion of people with disabilities to have the freedom to live in their neighborhoods, work in our communities, and engage equally in society.

Our sisters and brothers will be acknowledged for their lifelong work in:

  • The advancement of positive images of people with disabilities and/or the improvement of quality of life for people with disabilities;
  • The development and advancement of new programs and services that facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities;
  • The creation of legislations/regulations that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities; and/or
  • The elimination of legislation/regulations that adversely impact people with disabilities.

Now if that isn’t enough for your contribution/participation, your $200 donation will also be your ticket to our virtual evening of celebration of achievement.

I thank you in advance for your membership, for ensuring the future of the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame, and for supporting vital NYSILC leadership development efforts, such as the Pat Figueroa Young Adult Scholarships.  And you are supporting a stronger tomorrow for the youth with disabilities today.


Douglas J. Usiak

Honorary Committee Chair & 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee