Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ms. Wheelchair America 2008 Kristen McCosh named Boston Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities

Media dis&dat Note: Kristen is a former student of mine in the CUNY Disability Studies MA program, where I am adjunct faculty. Congrats to her! (The following is from an email.)

On Oct. 19., Boston Mayor Thomas Menino appointed Kristen McCosh as Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities.

John Winske and Boston Police Department employee David Estrada were named to the City of Boston Disability Commission.

Mayor Menino joined members of Boston’s disability community to celebrate the appointment of Kristen McCosh as Boston’s new Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities. The announcement comes at an important time for the disability community as the City of Boston has embarked on several projects to improve access throughout the city including the renovation of 1,900 sidewalk ramps to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.
Here's a bio of McCosh from the Ms. Wheelchair America competition:

A gifted speaker and writer, she is currently finishing a Women's Fiction novel series featuring women with disabilities as heroines.

She is currently a master's student in CUNY's Disability Studies program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and has studied toward her MPH at Boston University School of Public Health.

Kristen has worked as an Early Intervention Program Consultant with newly-injured SCI patients at Spaulding Rehab Hospital.

Kristen sustained a C6 spinal cord injury (SCI) in a diving accident at the age of 15. She lives in Boston and Falmouth, Cape Cod, with her husband.