An interview with DOR’s Ana Acton; DREDF vaccination update

June 7, 2021

Today, we bring you a very special show. Ana Acton, who started at FREED in 2004 and has been our Executive Director since 2012 and previously from 2007 to 2010, has been appointed by Governor Newsom to the post of Deputy Director of the Independent Living and Community Access Division at the California Department of Rehabilitation. For much of her time at FREED, Ana has hosted Disability Rap. On this episode, Ana joins us as a guest to talk about her own life, her time at FREED, and her new role at the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Later in the show, we hear an update from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund about vaccination efforts for the disability community here in California.

Ana is a Nevada City native. She grew up on the San Juan Ridge. When she was fifteen, Ana was in a serious car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her journey to accept her disability eventually led her to FREED, where she started as our Systems Change Advocate in 2004.




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