Margaret A. Staton
Margaret A. Staton’s life work has been to improve the availability of all-inclusive services for the disabled, and that work started with her time at Georgia State University. Margaret is a great advocate for all disabled persons, believing that this is the time to Change the Face of Disability on the Planet. She believes only through education may we lesson inequality among the disabled persons of Georgia and of America. Though Ms. Staton was confined to a wheelchair since the age of two, she never let this physical handicap slow her pace. Her dedication to the ideal of perseverance and self-determination is reflected in her life, and in the belief that no one living in this century should have to live through the prejudicial discrimination and exclusion that she and her peers had to endure in the past. Through decades of work with the Georgia State University Office of Disability Services and her endowed scholarship for women with disabilities, Margaret A. Staton is dedicated to improving the lives of students with disabilities in helping them achieve all of their academic goals.
Today, the Office of Disability Services carries on Margaret Staton’s work. On October 13, 1999, the office was renamed The Margaret A. Staton Office of Disability Services by President Carl V. Patton. The renaming was to recognize Ms. Staton for her extraordinary work with the university and for her generous charitable giving over the years, including her endowment for disabled students. During her years at GSU as a student, this country was in the throws of a great battle over rights for racial, ethnic, and gender minorities. Margaret Staton worked to insure that the voices of the disabled were heard in that human rights movement, and that disabled students were given the same opportunities as their able-bodied counterparts at Georgia State University.