National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Will Brady, Patient Advocate and Grievance Officer at Connecticut Valley Hospital, often introduces himself as "...having begun my working intership in human rights advocacy at the age of 9..." when he was first institutionalized in a juvenile facility.
Since 1993, Will has worked at an inpatient facility developing an Advocacy Resource Materials section to the general interest library (available to both patients and staff) and has been instrumental in the implementation of a uniform grievance process standardized in the state of Connecticut across the mental health system. Will works mainly behind the scenes, works at promoting information about peoples' due process rights and worked hard in lobbying state legistators to defeat an IOC bill during the last legislative session.
He writes booklets and materials on patients' rights and is involved in training and education regarding human rights, recovery and advocacy. Recently he has been assigned to work in a maximum security psychiatric facility, doing grievance investigations on behalf of people there. Of his work, he says that "...at least things are never boring."
Will serves on the Connecticut Legal Rights Project Board, has served on the Connecticut P & A PAIMI Advisory Board and is active with a number of disability rights and gay & lesbian rights organizations. He was the recipient of Advocacy Unlimited's Karen Kangas Award for Excellence in Advocacy, in recognition for his efforts in the state of Connecticut.
Will is also an accomplished illustrator and artist, having exhibited in solo and group shows, mostly in Connecticut. There is a small online exhibit of landscapes and illuminated texts. He maintains a website, rondak.org which focuses on human rights and environmental issues.