Marilyn Saviola, Disability Rights Advocate, Is Dead at 74

Dec 02, 2019 443

BY: Neil Genzlinger

Marilyn E. Saviola, who after childhood polio left her a quadriplegic spent much of her adult life advocating for people with disabilities, pushing for the removal of both the physical barriers and the attitudes that hinder people like her from fully participating in society, died on Nov. 23 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 74.

Independence Care System, which supports people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and where Ms. Saviola was a senior vice president, posted news of her death on its website. The cause was not given. Ms. Saviola joined the battle for the rights of people with disabilities back when it was still relatively new, while in college in the late 1960s.

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