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Lex Frieden

Professor of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Lex Frieden is one of the foremost policy experts, researchers, and disability rights activists in the United States. He is best known as one of the architects of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. Frieden is currently a professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He also serves as the director of the Southwest ADA Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Frieden, a quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury, has been working in the independent living movement and on behalf of people with disabilities  since the early 1970s. He has held many public service positions advancing the rights of people with disabilities in the United States and abroad. Frieden has served as Executive Director of the National Council on the Handicapped, Chairperson of the National Council on Disability, and as a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Standard Rules for Disability.