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Metropolitan Washington Ear mourns the death and celebrates the life of former longtime Board member Chet Avery, who died on September 8, 2022. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sabra Avery and their family. Chet was a true pioneer in advocating for accessibility for people with disabilities. He served as the Chair of the Alexandria (VA) Commission on Persons with Disabilities, whose meeting room in the Alexandria City Hall is named for and dedicated to Chet and his wife, Sabra. He served on the Commission for 36 years and served on the Alexandria Human Rights Commission for 25 years. He was declared a "Living Legend of Alexandria" in 2010 for his multiple areas of advocating for and succeeding in the implementation of enhancements such as curb cuts, libraries with no stairs, accessible voting, accessibility at courthouses/courtrooms, and much more for people with disabilities. He was a fierce advocate for accessibility to print, film, and television media for people who are blind or have low vision, and he was involved in early discussions of accessibility for live theater for blind patrons, which became known as audio description. In short, he was a true icon who fought for and achieved justice and equity for people with disabilities. We mourn Chet's death and celebrate his life so well lived to improve the lives of others.
Metropolitan Washington Ear mourns the recent death of Janet Morrison, our long-time friend who was a tireless advocate for people challenged by low-vision or vision loss. Full Statement
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