Keeping Larry Paradis’ Legacy Marching Forward

Portrait-style photo of Larry Paradis. He is smiling in a collared shirt and tie.
Larry Paradis, 1959-2016

“We are committed to using the law as an instrument for social change to make the world a fair place for people with disabilities. We are focused on changing institutions and the entire fabric of American society so that people with disabilities have a fair shot at being full participants.”

—Larry Paradis describing his vision for DRA,
July 2016

 

DRA’s Co-founder and Executive Director unexpectedly died on July 28, 2016. To learn more about Larry and his incredible work, read our statement on his passing. DRA’s Co-founder and Supervising Attorney Sid Wolinsky will continue with Director of Litigation Mary-Lee Smith to lead the work of DRA.

How You Can Keep Larry’s Legacy Alive

With the blessing of Larry’s family, DRA has established the Larry Paradis Legacy Fund to support the ongoing work of DRA in Larry’s honor. We extend thanks to you who have already contributed to keep Larry’s vision alive. If you would like to honor Larry and ensure DRA continues to fight for the civil rights of people with disabilities:

What Larry’s Legacy Fund Will Support

Larry was a bold visionary. He pursued the big, risky, class-action cases that other firms wouldn’t touch, and Larry always delivered for the disability community. He created sweeping improvements in transportation, technology, recreation, health care, education, and more. The Legacy Fund will be directly applied to continue Larry’s important work at DRA: pursuing the most cutting-edge, highest-impact, precedent-setting cases. This fund will enable DRA to continue, in Larry’s own words, to “change institutions and the entire fabric of American society so that people with disabilities have a fair shot at being full participants.”

Celebration of Larry’s Life

We thank everyone who joined us at the Celebration of Larry Paradis’ life, held on August 31, 2016 at Ed Robert Campus in Berkeley, CA. This short video tribute (with captions) was shown at the Celebration:

Larry Paradis Memorial (Close Captioned) from Nick Aquilino on Vimeo.

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