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Died June 24, 2015
1951 - 2015
David Stewart was a strong advocate who understood and lived the independent living philosophy. He was a role model and mentor to advocates and many in the disability community.
During Davidís long career as an advocate, he was a disability rights advocate with the federally funded Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) Program in West Virginia. He received training on the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and the Region III Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.
David received training on the ADA's Title I employment provisions and accommodating employees with disabilities from the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities program in Washington, DC, conducted by Cornell University. He presented training seminars for the West Virginia Chapter of the AIA, the National Association of Social Workers Conference, the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, and the West Virginia Supreme Courts, among others. He has provided information and technical assistance on the ADA, and other disability rights laws, to the West Virginia Legislature, the State Attorney General's Office, the State Fire Marshall's Office, and the general public.
David was appointed by the Governor to the Statewide Rehabilitation Council, and the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council. David was a member of the National Council on Independent Living, served on the Board of Directors for Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, Goodwill Industries, and the Fair Shake Network, a coalition that promotes the rights of people with disabilities. He was a coordinator of the WVADA Coalition, and a member of the state's Olmstead Advisory Committee.
David was a person that many would turn to with a problem and he was always ready with a solution. David was recognized on the state, regional, and national level as an advocate and as a resource. David was a leader, teacher, mentor, guide, and peer to many.