Jan Campbell, BS biography

As a child at the age of two, Jan Campbell developed a virus that attacked her spine and left her paralyzed from the waist down. She went to a segregated grade school for children with disabilities and then was mainstreamed into high school. She received a degree in Elementary Education at Portland State University in 1970, but was told by the school district that she could not teach because of her disability. She recently retired from the City of Portland after 34 years working in the area of civil and human rights for persons with disabilities. She has chaired numerous committees, boards and commissions focusing on issues pertaining to persons with disabilities. She is currently President of the Oregon Advocacy Center, Chair of Tri-Met’s Committee on Accessible Transportation and Chair of Portland's Disability Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Oregon Disabilities Commission and Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition.