Andrés Gallegos, Disability Rights Champion, Dies Too Soon

Andrés Gallegos, Disability Rights Champion, Dies Too Soon

Posted on December 5, 2023

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This is an article about a disability rights leader in the United States named Andrés Gallegos. Andrés died on December 1st. President Biden appointed him to chair the National Council of Disabilities in 2021. Andrés was a disability rights lawyer in Chicago. He focused on improving health care for disabled people. Andrés was a quadriplegic. He is remembered for his kindness and respect, as well as for his important work. Lainey became friends with Andrés through his support of Structured Negotiation. The strategy is one of the many tools he used to enforce civil rights of disabled people. The picture with this article shows Andrés speaking to law students during a talk he and Lainey did together in 2017.

The disability community lost a tremendous advocate when Andrés Gallegos died on December 1st, a few days shy of his 63rd birthday. Along with hundreds (and based on the outpouring since he died maybe thousands) of people across the United States, I lost a close colleague and friend. I write this article to honor his memory.

  • Who was Andrés Gallegos?
    • How Andrés did his work
  • Andrés’ Structured Negotiation work
  • Andrés [...]

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