Tribute to Dawn Marie Rudinski

Dawn, our colleague and dear friend sadly passed away on August 25, 2017.

She was well-loved and admired for her enduring commitment to protect the rights of people with disabilities to live a life of their choosing with dignity and respect.

Dawn joined Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) in March of 2005. She immediately began to touch our lives with her dedication, knowledge and humor. She was a woman of character and passion – our teacher and friend. She championed the right of everyone to decide their own fate and live a life that was fulfilling to them. She willingly shared her knowledge and expertise in so many areas. She was a friend not only to her colleagues, but to the many people she helped to live free from abuse and neglect and to assert their rights. She made a positive difference in so many peoples’ lives.

Dawn, we are united in our grief and you will be missed more than words can convey.

– The Staff of Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Disability Rights Pennsylvania, Celebrating 40 Years from 1977 to 2017

This year, Disability Rights Pennsylvania celebrates our 40th Anniversary.  Since 1977, DRP has helped tens of thousands of children and adults with disabilities access special education services, obtain needed health and mental health care, gain access to employment and housing, and intervened to stop the abuse, neglect and rights violations of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.  

 DRP celebrated our 40th Anniversary with our clients, our coalition partners, and our supporters in Pittsburgh.  Click here for our thank you’s to our sponsors who help make the event a success!

DRP offers a 40th anniversary timeline to shine a light on just some of the tens of thousands of accomplishments of its staff over the last 40 years. Click here to view.

Our Board of Directors, Mental Health Advisory Council, and staff thank you for your support.