This year, for the first time ever, the National Lawyers Guild celebrates the Champions of the Disabled at our Annual Dinner on October 3, 2009. Our honorees are two individuals who have worked tirelessly to extend universal human rights to the disabled.
71st Annual Dinner. Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. 5:30 p.m. Mabry Center, 23397 Mound Road. Warren, MI. For more information: 313-963-0843 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing his historic decision to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, President Obama said, “Disability rights . . are universal rights to be recognized and promoted around the world.”
Micah Fialka-Feldman received the Michigan CEC “Yes, I Can” award for his self advocacy in 2004. He was selected to participate in the Michigan Youth Leadership Forum in 2001 and the National Youth Leadership Forum in 2002 (one of 77 youth in the country). He is a proud, active member of the National Board of KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) and most recently was recognized by the National Centers on Independent Living for his work to improve the lives of young people with disabilities. A published author and national speaker on inclusive education and living, Micah has provided the keynote for education conferences in Tennessee, Iowa and Michigan. His life, as one of the first wave of students with a cognitive disability to attend college, is documented in the award winning film, Through the Same Door: Inclusion Includes College.
The Honorable Judge Deborah A. Thomas has a resume of community involvement and commitment to justice that is long and varied. In 2004, Judge Thomas challenged the lack of citizen diversity among Wayne County jury pools. She was recognized by the State Bar of Michigan’s Open Justice Commission for her contribution to the disabilities community. Judge Thomas was one of the individuals selected for the Profiles in Open Justice Courage Award. Disabled due to childhood polio, Judge Thomas has a history of advocating for the rights of the disabled. In 2008, she was the lead Plaintiff in a class action law suit against Northwest Airlines and the Wayne County Airport Authority, to challenge discrimination against disabled fliers denied equal access to air travel and facilities.