30th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Celebrating 30 years advancing the rights, inclusion, and equity of people with disabilities across the nation. Disability Rights Advocates is thrilled to, in this milestone year, welcome guests from across the country to join us, as never before, in our coast-to-coast celebration: virtually and in-person. We will host simultaneous in-person galas in New York and San Francisco with delicious food and beverages, live speakers, and performers. We will also invite guests from around the country to virtually join us so we may all celebrate DRA together and participate in the live program.

New York
At the IAC Building

San Francisco
At the Palace Hotel

Since becoming a wheelchair-user 25 years ago, my life’s work has been advancing the rights, inclusion, and equity of people with all types of disabilities. Having built my career at DRA, working and learning alongside DRA’s late Executive Director and Co-Founder, Larry Paradis, I am truly humbled to lead this organization into the future as President & CEO. As society evolves, technologically, environmentally, politically, and socially, DRA has critical work to do to ensure we are building a truly inclusive world from the ground up for the disability community nationwide.

Rebecca Williford, DRA President & CEO



Special Performance

Multi-award-winning EDM recording artist, Grammys Board DEI Ambassador, RAMPD Founder

Shane and Hannah Burcaw

Shane and Hannah Burcaw

Live Stream Emcees

Disability Rights Advocates and Content Creators

Janni Lehrer-Stein

San Francisco Emcee

Disability Rights Advocate, Past DRA Board Member

Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid

New York Emcee

Comedian, Actress, Writer, and Disability Advocate


MTA clients (Kathy Collins, Jean Ryan, Dustin Jones Monica Bartley, Joe Rappaport, and Sasha Blair-Goldensohn), DRA staff (Kate Hamilton, Maddie Reichman, Sarah Jelley, Bailey McPhail, Amy Ollove, Eliana Fisher, Torie Atkinson, Chloe Holzman, Erin Gallagher, Rebecca Rodgers, and Rebecca Williford), and co-counsel Dan Brown enjoying coffee and bagels in our NY conference room

Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Award

DRA’s 2023 Edith Prentiss Disability Justice Awardees, our NYC Subway Access Clients:  DIA, BILS, CIDNY, BCID, HILC, NYSSAC, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, Dustin Jones, Jean Ryan, Jessica De La Rosa, Robert Hardy, and Rodolfo Diaz. 

DRA Board & Leadership

Learn about Disability Rights Advocates’ dedicated board and leadership.

Gala Sponsors

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

See our full list of sponsors