Marsha Saxton is Director of Research and Training at World Institute on Disability (WID) as well as a lecturer in Disability Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Marsha loves teaching and training, and has presented workshops and classes in recent years in Australia, Japan, Britain, Finland, Qatar, Canada, and the U.S. She was the recipient of the Irving Kenneth Zola Memorial Lecture award and has been interviewed on 60 Minutes about Wrongful Birth lawsuits and was a guest on Talk of the Nation with Ray Suarez, addressing issues of reproductive technologies, and the disability community’s view of selective abortion. She has published three books, two films, and over one hundred articles and book chapters about disability rights, Personal Assistance, women's health, violence prevention and genetic screening issues. She has been a board member of the Our Bodies, Ourselves Collective, and served on the Council for Responsible Genetics, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Working Group of the Human Genome Initiative. She is currently developing a collaborative health promotion program with Ed Roberts Campus partner organizations, and is trying to imagine herself as a fitness role model for disabled people and seniors, “a bit of a challenge,” she says! 

Media Mentions

December 4, 2020: Overlooked No More: Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, Reproductive Rights Advocate (The New York Times) 

December 2020: The Last Children of Down Syndrome (The Atlantic) 

October 27, 2020: I’m a Berkeleyan: Sydney Ji on the intersection of disability, culture and gender (Berkeley News) 

May 17, 2018: Commentary: Disability and climate change—impact on health and survival (Environmental Health News) 

September 28, 2017: Nobel Conference 53 Explores Science and Ethics of Reproductive Technology (Gustavus Adolphus College)

January 25, 2017: Disability activists honor life, legacy of Ed Roberts (The Daily Californian) 

December 3, 2015: Students with disabilities battle inaccessibility and isolation (The Daily Californian) 

September 9, 2015: Opinion: Disability and the Politics of Abortion (Seven Days) 

April 10, 2015: The Substantive Impact of Universal Design (The Daily Californian)