Disability community mourns the death of ‘fierce’ advocate Paul Spooner

October 11, 2022

Spooner advocated for health care, transportation and housing on behalf of disabled people for 40 years. Spooner's “crowning achievement,” according to Bill Henning, executive director of the Boston Center for Independent Living, was his work growing the Personal Care Attendant program, which he saw as instrumental to enabling disabled people to live independently in their communities. “In the early 90s, this program had 3,000 people on it and now has over 40,000 people on it,” Henning said. “So there's at least 40,000 people with disabilities in the state who can trace much of their independence to Paul.” Read the full article.