Michael May of Davis, a leader in the disability rights movement, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis.
May, who was blinded at age 3 in a chemical explosion, grew up believing he was lucky to be blind and still alive. Today, May is a leader in the field of advancing technology and mobility for the independence of the visually impaired and blind. His personal life and professional career have been characterized by pioneering efforts in business and community service.
May is at the forefront of technology for the disabled. To further his causes and ventures, he has generated media for millions of viewers and met numerous celebrities, including four U.S. presidents.
May was acknowledged at the White House by President Reagan after he competed in the 1984 Paralympics in Sarajevo, where he set the downhill skiing world record of 65 mph.
May holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Davis and a master’s degree in international affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His favorite hobbies include traveling, skiing, cycling and playing the guitar.
Admission to his talk is free. For more information, call (530) 756-0700.