Marilyn Saviola was a friend and mentor to countless people, a lifelong advocate, and a giant in the world of disability rights. She was the recipient of many honors and an inaugural inductee into the New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. In July of 2019, the New York City Health + Hospitals System honored Marilyn for her decades of work expanding access to healthcare for people with disabilities. Marilyn’s powerful advocacy was fueled by her remarkable determination, her wicked sense of humor, razor-sharp intelligence and bottomless well of compassion.
Read more about Marilyn here.
Read Marilyn’s New York Times obituary.
Listen to Marilyn talk about the meaning of independence as a person with severe disabilities. This Independence Radio interview was conducted near the end of Marilyn’s incredible life.
To learn more about Marilyn’s activism, read this interview with her conducted by the University of California’s Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Oral History Project or review decades of news clips about the wide range of issues she fought for during her life.