This profile was prepared when Corina Lang was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1997.
The New Idea
Corina Lang is confronting discrimination against the disabled through a strategy that promises to make disabled people the agents of social change. Unlike traditional models which frame the disabled as recipients of the goodwill of others, Corina's program trains disabled citizens to enter "normal" institutions-such as schools, churches and community centers-and break down prejudices through shared activities such as leadership training workshops, recreational games, and camping trips. Her innovative model serves a dual purpose: enabling disabled citizens to lead active, integrated lives which defy and help dissolve outstanding prejudices, and involving non-disabled citizens as proactive co-leaders in the fight against discrimination. Confined thus far to the issue of disabilities, Corina's model projects a message that can easily be replicated to confront other areas of discrimination which have long plagued Argentine society.