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Disability History: Charlie Carr, Boston, MA

It’s Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history public and accessible. Scott Cooper recorded and collected over 1,300 video interviews from disability leaders across the country since 2005. Check out a video uploaded on June 20, 2010:

Charlie Carr of Boston, Massachusetts, speaks about acquiring his physical disability, living in an institution, and adopting a life of advocacy.

Charlie was partially paralyzed in a diving accident in his late teens; he went on to found the first Independent Living Center on the East Coast of the US and currently serves as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

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  1. It warmed. My heart to see this video of Charlie, I worked with Charlie for many years, back in the 70’s. And I can remember the day i interviewed with he left such an impression on me. I though On my way home I want this opportunity so badly… when I got home there was already a message from him on my phone asking me if I wanted the job… from there I worked with Charlie and Susan Halloran as they started up the NE Independent Living org in Lawrence Ma, and to this day I have the fondest memories of working with Charlie . Charlie if you ever see this post know how much I love and respect you. Doreen Pellerin Malnati

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