Geza Nagy

Ashoka Fellow
Budapest, Hungary
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Geza Nagy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
From the arts to government and the business sector, a new generation of disabled professionals is moving into the work force. These individuals are often perceived as a burden when in fact disabled individuals are valuable producers, adding value to society. By working through the media, schools, government, and business, Geza is challenging society's treatment of, and reaction to, people with disabilities. By empowering people with disabilities to stretch their perceived limitations, Geza is expanding the opportunities of these individuals, improving their self-esteem, and changing the way they are perceived by Hungarian society. Geza also wants to change the way government, business, and the media treat this new generation of disabled professionals. He is challenging the media to be accessible and hire disabled professionals, and working with schools to create more supportive and accessible environments. He is also encouraging businesses to employ–and design products and services for–people with disabilities, and he advocates for institutions and organizations to become more professional in their operations and portrayal of the communities with whom they work.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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