Former Ontario teacher and union leader Russ Findlay was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 31. Now 63, Findlay chairs a local disability-rights committee and traces the growth of his advocacy in a newspaper profile. "For the most part, people with disabilities didn't have a spokesperson," Findlay says. "I think I knew that I had to be that spokesperson. If I had messed up, it would have set the cause back rather than advance it."

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