Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan & Andrew Pulrang are the 2021 Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Awardees

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Baltimore, MDDisability rights activists Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan, and Andrew Pulrang are the 2021 recipients of the Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Award which will be presented to them at Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) Breaking Barriers Virtual Awards Gala on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

The award’s namesake, Gayle Hafner, was a trailblazer DRM civil rights attorney whose zealous advocacy for full inclusion in every aspect of community life improved the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Established in 2015, the award honors those who have successfully brought about substantial positive change through grassroots activism for people with disabilities. Gayle’s extensive knowledge of Medicaid law enabled her to offer hope and tangible assistance to a significant number of people with disabilities so they could reside independently outside of nursing homes increasing their opportunities to live with self-determination.

In honoring Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan, and Andrew Pulrang, DRM applauds and acknowledges their lifelong commitment to building communities of care at a grassroots level to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Through their joint digital campaign, #CripTheVote, they have designed an impressive and ever-expansive network of voters and provided them with a platform to share their experiences and needs on a national political level. Their creative and innovative ideas, work, and commitment to amplifying the voices, faces, and individual narratives of people with disabilities have brought depth, dimension, and digital proximity to the disability rights revolution.

Please join us at the 2021 Breaking Barriers Virtual Gala on Thursday, November 18, 2021, in honoring Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan and Andrew Pulrang for their extraordinary and groundbreaking service to people with disabilities. Subscribe to our newsletter below to receive updates as the other awardees are announced, and to reserve tickets.

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