On Sunday, December 4, the Access Living and disability community learned the deeply sad news that Access Living Board Member Carlos Drazen had passed away. In this difficult time, we extend our condolences to Carlos’ husband Patrick.
This is a picture of Carlos with her husband Patrick
Carlos was a long-time Access Living supporter and collaborator. She joined Access Living’s Board in 2006 and served two three-year terms. She was scheduled to be recognized as an outgoing board member at Access Living’s Annual Meeting on December 7.
While a member of the board, Carlos vice-chaired the program committee. As a board member, as well as prior to 2006, Carlos offered input and guidance on many Access Living initiatives, particularly initiatives concerning disabled communities of color. For the book, Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions, Carlos contributed the final chapter – “Both Sides of the Two-sided Coin: Rehabilitation of Disabled African American Soldiers.”
Previously a staff person at Depaul University, Carlos was currently with University of Illinois at Chicago, writing her dissertation on media studies, race and disability. Previously, Carlos earned a Bachelors of Arts in Theater and a Masters of Arts in Political Communication while studying at Southern Illinois University. She had also earned a Masters of Arts in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Speaking about Carlos, friend and colleague Bruce Henderson recently wrote, “She changed my life and the lives of everyone who had the good fortune to know her.”
In honor of Carlos’ contribution to Access Living and the disability community, we dedicated the 2011 Annual Meeting to her memory.
There will be a memorial for Carlos at Access Living from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011.