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A Tribute Post For Chris Ledger

August 3, 2020

I was very sad to wake up yesterday to the news of the passing of Chris Ledger- a campaigner mainly for disability arts. We shared many Facebook friends and were Facebook friends for six years.

Her organisation, University of Atypical, posted this wonderful tribute on Facebook yesterday:

It is with great sadness that the Trustees of University of Atypical announce the passing of our beloved CEO, colleague, mentor and friend Chris Ledger.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her wife Louise, her family, and her many friends who will miss her presence in their lives. Chris fought her illness with the same energy she invested in the arts. She was a tireless ambassador for D/deaf and disabled artists and her influence is manifest in the position that D/deaf and disabled arts have achieved in our community.
We will organise a suitable acknowledgement of Chris – her vast contribution to the arts and her legacy that is UofA – and will share these details with you when we can. Her influence is reflected in our messages today going to her colleagues and friends – locally, nationally and internationally.
Chris was an amazon, a wonder woman and the queen of lipstick. We will miss her humour, her energy, her cynicism, her passion and her friendship. All who knew her have been touched by her and she leaves behind many, many friends. We will miss her.
‘Chris’s contributions to the Arts & Disability Forum/University of Atypical resonate far beyond the confines of the physical walls of the organisation. They are visible in the innumerable smiles on faces of artists, their families and the public. During Chris’s stewardship as CEO, D/deaf and disabled arts and culture was mainstreamed to a degree never seen before on these shores or elsewhere. The general public and government here in NI are now aware of the contributions of so many disabled people, thanks to Chris’s tireless championing. Her underlining emphasis on Disability Culture and Rights was and continues to be revolutionary.
I am privileged to call her a friend, colleague and mentor. Her passing is a terrible loss for us all.’
Seán Fitzsimons (Chair, University of Atypical)
Please send us your comments, messages, anecdotes and condolences to pass on to Louise.
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