Death of a staunch advocate for the disabled
While she wasn't really a "safety" hero, Harriet McBryde Johnson was certainly a hero to the disabled. Confined to a power wheelchair, herself, Ms. Johnson was a tireless and eloquent defender of the rights of severely disabled persons. Educated as a lawyer, she first gained prominence through essays she published repudiating the philosopher Peter Singer's advocacy of killing disabled infants at birth. Ms. Johson died earlier this month at age 50.