Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez Reflects on the Death of Laura Hershey

It is with deep sadness that I became aware of the death of Laura Hershey. I knew Laura for many years. Laura was one of the first activists to use poetry to convey the message of the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements. She had a practical, yet gripping way of expressing the life challenges that people with disabilities face. Laura strongly advocated that each of us, including those of us with the most significant disabilities, can work and contribute important ideas to the public discourse. I am so pleased that ODEP featured Laura's artwork and poetry on the 2010 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Poster which was translated into seven world languages. Her life and her accomplishments serve as a beacon as we continue to strive for good jobs for all Americans.

Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy

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