Marca Bristo has left us but be assured she is watching us. Her obituary was in the New York Times. She was celebrating on television this past week. There will be a memorial service, a celebration of her life in Washington DC. The Consortium for Building Inclusive Societies (CBIS) was brought together by Marca Bristo.
Her reach was far and her contacts among disability rights leaders, worldwide, has few parallels. With her passing, we must transcend our sadness and give Marca a legacy of truly inclusive societies everywhere. The partnership she bought about has great potential, many opportunities, and now, a reason to try harder to breakdown barriers to disability rights and empower people with disabilities to prepare for and secure seats at every decision making table, at every level, in every corner of the earth. We know this is what Marca expects. We know this is what Marca deserves. We will deliver.