Paul Steven Miller (1961-2010)
UPenn, B.A. (1983)
Harvard, J.D. (1986)
White House Liaison to the Disability Community (1992-1994)
Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1994-2004)
Law Professor, University of Washington (2004-2010)
Special Assistant to Pres. Barack Obama on appointments in the Justice Department and those related to disability issues (2009-2010)
Miller was also an important figure in the Little People of America and a major force behind the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (passed in 2008).
NY Times Obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/us/21miller.html
NPR Obituary: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/21/130719277/paul-steven-miller?syndication=rss
Statement by the President on the Passing of Paul Miller: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/21/statement-president-passing-paul-miller
“Paul Miller may have been born a dwarf, but in reality he is a giant . . . We are all better for seeing a little further from the perch of his shoulders.”
"Developing Diversity and Equal Opportunity:
Why the Disability Perspective Matters"
“There was no publicly visible moral revolution that changed the hearts and minds of mainstream America . . . There was no social movement reflected on television or in the newspapers. Thus, with little public discussion or understanding about the issues that confront disabled people daily . . . the ADA has come to be defined primarily in relation to economic expenditures rather than in moral terms” (Miller 635).
Disability studies provides profound insights into the human condition. For example, disability affects issues of body identity, autonomy, stigma, otherness, psychology, sexuality, and family and institutional roles. The disability perspective is thus relevant to the disciplines of social policy, economic policy, religion, ethics, health care, and human rights. These issues are reflected in literature, culture, architecture, medicine, law, public health, social work, geriatrics, and so on (Miller 636).