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Disabilities Advocate Robert “Bobby” Coward Dies

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Disabilities Advocate Robert “Bobby” Coward Dies

The District of Columbia lost a great force in the disability services arena with the passing of Bobby Coward on August 25, 2014.  Bobby was an incredible activist for the rights of people of all disabilities. He was the passionate director of DIRECT Action and Capital Area ADAPT, fighting for the liberation of people with disabilities from nursing facilities and other institutions.  Bobby reached out to people across the city in his role with ADAPT and DIRECT Action, where he embraced and empowered hundreds of people with their knowledge of rights and the tools they needed to demand action.

He served tirelessly on countless boards including AAPD and taskforces such as DC’s DD Council, State Independent Living Council, and the Metropolitan Region’s Council on Government’s Transportation Committee.  Bobby made a huge impact both near and far on issues from accessible public housing, government offices, transition assistance for people stuck in institutions, to accessible taxicabs, Metro platforms, functioning elevators and shuttle service.  Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.