Sandy Goodwick

Sandy has deep roots in disability activism because she started life out with one - and acquired others along the way. She has learned over a lifetime that multiple disability experiences and traumas at all stages of life deeply impact mental health. As a child, she experienced bullying in looking ‘different’ at a time when “nobody talked about it.” This ‘outcast’ experience led her to become a teacher. Despite a college dean/naysayer discouraging her to become a teacher because of disability, Sandy went on to successfully teach both general and special education for over four decades.

While an education specialist for the nation's largest regional education agency, Sandy filed multiple successful state/federal IDEA/ADA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act/Americans with Disabilities Act) complaints on behalf of her students, their families, fellow employees and the community. Sandy also worked with members of the Badass Teachers Association (in response to multiple teacher suicides) to begin addressing quality of work-life concerns for public-school employees.

In her retirement, Sandy is an active participant on several regional and state advisory councils that address both behavioral health and assistive technology and is working to grow a visible peer presence in her rural county. Sandy is working to co-author a book, Mind Your Justice, with activist David W. Oaks. Sandy lives on the sacred, ancestral homelands of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, near what is now called Port Angeles, Washington. Sandy has been an active board member of the UU (Unitarian Universalist) Mental Health Network.