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Charlie Carr

Appointed by Secretary Bigby in August 2007, Charles Carr was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) until 2015. He has dedicated his career as an advocate of advancing independence for people with disabilities through his many roles – social, economic policies and programs, and now government.

Commissioner Carr, who was paralyzed in a diving accident at 14, started his advocacy for disability policies and programs early making him one of the Nation’s leaders in the independent living movement.

The interview below is provided by Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission where Charles Carr was the Commissioner (2010).

How did you get into this field? Who would you consider to be your mentor and why? What quote do you live by?
There are two of them: What has been the most memorable moment of your career? Can you share an interesting fact about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t necessarily know? Is there anything you’d like people to know about your agency?

The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Oral History Project has more interviews with Charlie Carr about his experiences with his disability and the disability movement. Click Here


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