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Grand Marshall of Disability Pride Parade Amber Smock

Amber is a 2009 Co-Coordinator for Chicago ADAPT and consults with the ADAPT National Youth Summit. Along with a core group of dedicated women, Amber co-founded Feminist Response in Disability Activism (FRIDA), a grassroots direct action group of women with disabilities and Deaf women. With FRIDA, Amber has helped coordinate national advocacy campaigns such as with the American Medical Association on the case of Ashley X. In 2008, Amber received the Founder’s Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women in recognition of her emerging leadership, and with the award money has met with women in over 30 disability organizations in eleven cities across four countries. Amber has a severe hearing loss and grew up oral in mainstream schools. At the age of 20 she became involved with the Deaf community, began learning American Sign Language, and now uses sign language interpreters and videophones at work.

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