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Introducing Maddy Ruvolo, New Chair of the NCIL Youth Caucus!

By Maddy Ruvolo

Maddy RuvoloI am so excited to be the new NCIL Youth Caucus Chair. Disabled youth bring unique perspectives, desires, and challenges to the Independent Living Movement, and the Youth Caucus is dedicated to making sure our voices are heard. As a member of Generation ADA, the cohort of youth who grew up following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I have benefited tremendously from the work of advocates before me. My generation has already begun to build upon that work, and I am looking forward to working with the Youth Caucus to keep pushing forward. As a caucus, we aim to foster youth leadership and expand youth participation in NCIL, and we commit to furthering #DisabilitySolidarity by always approaching our work through an intersectional lens.

A little about me: I’m the Systems Change Advocate at the Marin Center for Independent Living. I was an American Association of People with Disabilities intern in 2013 and am one half of Disabled Girls Talk, a podcast about coming of age with a disability. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College in 2014, where I was the president/co-founder of the Disability Illness and Difference Alliance. I love talking about youth and the disability community. If you want to chat, email me at or find me on twitter @maddyruvolo.​


  1. WooHoo! Congrats Maddy!!!!

  2. Congrats on your new leadership role Maddy!! We are so glad to have you leading the NCIL Youth Caucus! ;{>

    Lead On!
    Keep On Leadin’ On!

  3. Congrats Maddy! You are awesome.

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