Carrie Ann Lucas
Image: Carrie wearing blue and teal cat eye glasses, curly hair, a blue dress, long necklace, and a multicolored blue and teal jacket. Carrie's trach and ventilator tubing are pictured, along with portions of her wheelchair headrest.
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Carrie Ann Lucas is Disabled Parents Rights founder and Executive Director. She specializes in legal representation of disabled parents. Ms. Lucas is a Child Welfare Law Specialist* and a staff attorney at the Colorado Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel. She has represented clients in child welfare law, child custody and divorce, adoption, guardianship, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Fair Housing Act cases. Ms. Lucas also trains attorneys, social workers, and judges on issues impacting disabled parents in child welfare cases around the county.
Ms. Lucas is a nationally recognized advocate for people with disabilities, and was lead plaintiff in an epic seven-and-a-half year suit against Kmart that resulted in the most far-reaching accessibility class-action settlement in history before founding Disabled Parents Rights.
As a single adoptive parent to four children, Ms. Lucas is passionate for the rights of parents who have disabilities. Ms. Lucas, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, has an intimate understanding of the unique challenges that disabled parents face. All four of her children also have various disabilities themselves, and as a result, Ms. Lucas is an expert at navigating various systems to provide appropriate community services.
Ms. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar. She also has a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Justice and Peace Studies from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Ms. Lucas earned her undergraduate degree from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.
Ms. Lucas has been a recipient of an Equal Justice Works fellowship and a Petra Foundation fellowship. Prior to becoming the Center’s executive director, she worked at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition for over twelve years.
When not practicing law or attending her kids’ activities, Ms. Lucas enjoys photography, camping, fishing, and is an avid traveler
*Child Welfare Law Specialist certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children.
Profiled in the Colorado Springs Independent, October 2016: The dignified life of Carrie Ann Lucas
Profiled in the Los Angeles Times, March 2007: An able ally for parents
Carrie is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent)