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Kennedy Shriver, Eunice
AAPD's Statement on the Passing of Disability Leader Eunice Kennedy Shriver
WASHINGTON, DC – August 11, 2009 – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, released a statement following the passing of disability community leader Eunice Kennedy Shriver today:
“Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an advocate, leader, family member and champion in the disability community. Her belief in the potential of all people with disabilities was unwavering, and her life's work will live on in the millions of people in the disability community who were affected by her advocacy,” said Tony Coelho, AAPD Board Chair.
”Eunice Kennedy Shiver worked tirelessly for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities not only in sports, but in all society, and sped up the process whereby generations of people with mental disabilities realized their potential and self-worth,” said Andrew Imparato, AAPD President and CEO. “AAPD and the disability community as a whole lost a family member and torch bearer with her passing.”