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Eliza Riley

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Eliza Riley, an advocate in Silicon Valley for the rights of people who have a disability, developed a youth leadership program to help others be "Loud and Proud."

At the anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, a group of disability rights advocates march in solidarity to assert their rights as Americans and human beings. Many are here because of the work of Eliza Riley.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Eliza lived the life of a normal American teen until she was confronted by a peer with a derogatory term. The pain she felt stayed with her and empowered her to advocate on behalf of others with disabilities.

Loud & Proud— their motto —has carried Eliza and her fellow advocates to remain visible and influential. Through her youth leadership program, Eliza has given a sense of identity, community, and strength to a new generation of people with disabilities, and has witnessed many of them develop into successful, happy, visible, and productive members of society.

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