A Tribute to Fred Fay

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 11, 2011

PBS Premieres "Lives Worth Living" - October 27, 2011

Fred FayWhen Pete's cousin Fred was 17, he launched his disability advocacy career. Today Fred is widely recognized as one of the most significant leaders in the disability rights and independent living movements in the nation.

videoLives Worth Living, a documentary featuring Fred's life, follows one man's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and his role in the earliest days of the Disability Rights Movement. This film is the first television history of their decades-long struggle for equal rights.

Lives Worth Living premieres on PBS on October 27.

Watch the trailer, as Fred tells you about his life after a devastating spinal cord injury, and his alliance with a small group of dedicated activists who formed the Disability Rights Movement and helped drive the nation towards equal rights.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we pay tribute to Fred Fay and celebrate his remarkable life. We remember him for his leadership, inspiration, and contribution to the disability community.

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Fred Fay with the AAPD award

Lives Worth Living - A Powerful Documentary

Lives Worth Living premieres on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

Find PBS broadcast times in your area. Exact broadcast times and dates for some regions are available (and are being updated every day) by clicking on this link:


Check your local listings. Search for PBS stations in your area, use this link: http://www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/

If you do not see a listing for Lives Worth Living, contact your local station to request a showing.


Fred Fay with Elmer Bartels, Alison Gilkey

Celebrating the Life of Fred Fay

As a teenager, Fred was an accomplished gymnast. At age 16, he fell from a trapeze and landed on his head, suffering a severe spinal cord injury. Despite his injuries, Fred was determined to live a full life. He wanted to show that a person with quadriplegia could be active, own an apartment, drive a car, get married, have children, and earn a Ph.D.

Learn about Fred's incredible impact on the disability community. Watch the videos - see and hear Fred tell his story. Celebrating the Life of Fred Fay.


Fred Fay - A Life Well Lived on You Tube

A Life Well-Lived: September 12, 1944 - August 20, 2011

You previously learned about Fred in a newsletter we published in December 2010. After that, Fred and his family received hundreds of emails from our Wrightslaw friends. His partner Trish Irons printed each email and read them to him.

When Pam and I visited Fred in August, he talked about how meaningful these emails were to him. Your emails had a profound, positive effect on Fred. Thank you.

Fred passed away on August 20, 2011. We updated the original newsletter and have created a permanent page to Celebrate the Life of Fred Fay.


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