Sheila Radziewicz

Director of Find the Fierce  

Award winning advocate, speaker and educator, Sheila Radziewicz has faced inequality, fought against institutional discrimination and questions society’s norms. She has educated others about disabilities by simply being herself and by answering questions. She has stood up against institutional discrimination when going to college and getting her drivers license because she understood the importance of being the voice of the people. Sheila Radziewicz is dedicated and determined advocate with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. Today Sheila is an advocate for people with disabilities, drives a car with her feet and has been featured in newspapers and radio stations national and international for earning her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.Currently, she is a Volunteer Coordinator at HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) where she organizes the agency’s volunteer program and helps clients with restraining orders, informs them about their rights, and offers resources, referral and safety plans. She has trained police officers, criminal justice agencies, social service workers, schools, staff and volunteers on the effects of domestic violence, legal advocacy, violence against people with disabilities, and disability awareness. Born with a rare congenital birth defect called TAR Syndrome (Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius), Sheila’s medical prognosis was bleak as an infant; she would most likely not survive and if she did would be dependent on others. Sheila shares the true realities of growing up with a disability; the fake smiles, others feeling the need to force help upon her and how she showed them all she could do it. Her feisty personality started young defying doctor’s request to perform tasks at their whim. She continued to question society’s norms by constantly asking why.

Sheila has been awarded the Team Hoyt Rising Star Award from Easter Seals, April 2012 for her determination to break down barriers facing people with disabilities; and a Letter of Commendation, February 2012, for her outstanding contribution to the development and dissemination of Tae Kwon Do. She is a member of the Regional Board of Easter Seals Massachusetts and on the Steering Committee for IMPACT: Ability. Sheila can be reached at sheila@speakingoutsafely.org.