Peri Jude Radecic of Disability Rights Pennsylvania: Making Room for Everybody

April 27, 2020

Hosted by Robert Rimm

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Disability Rights Pennsylvania, known as DRP, is part of a national network of disability rights non-profit organizations that protect and advocate for the rights of children and adults with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation.

DRP helps people with disabilities in many areas such as abuse and neglect, access to community services, discrimination, ADA compliance issues, education, assistive technology, voting access, and access to Medical Assistance services. They help people with developmental disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities, brain injury, and people in mental health recovery.

The help can include information, referral to other organizations, advocacy and legal action. DRP also provides assistance on legal issues to attorneys and others and provides education and training on a variety of issues to consumers, families, advocates, and professionals.

DRP’s Executive Director Peri Jude Radecic, has three decades of passion and advocacy in civil rights with a focus in the areas of disability, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and women’s rights. She has extensive experience with all functions and branches of government in the development, implementation and judicial review of civil rights laws and regulations.

Peri Jude has worked as a community organizer in Montgomery County, Maryland for women and the LGBT, the National Organization for Women, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Following law school, she drafted changes to the Civil Rights Ordinance and wrote policies to ensure effective implementation of local minority and business development programs for the City of Tucson. As the State Civil Rights Manager for Rural Development, she was responsible for the implementation of federal civil rights laws within the agency as well as with recipients of federal funds. Prior to joining DRP, Peri was the Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Disability. Peri Jude was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Arizona College of Law.

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Tune into the interview with Peri and click through the corresponding slideshow to the left… (Photos courtesy of Disability Rights Pennsylvania.)