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Karma Quick-Panwala

Karma Quick-Panwala

Special Education Advocate
San Francisco, CA, USA


Karma Quick-Panwala is a special education advocate in San Francisco with over fifteen years of disability advocacy experience. She began her advocacy in her home state of Iowa with the Deaf Services Commission of Iowa’s Junior Commissioner program and with Iowa’s Youth Leadership Forum, two statewide youth leadership programs focusing on disability advocacy, policy, and legislation.

In college, Karma served as Miss Deaf Iowa 2001-2003 and lobbied the Iowa legislature for legislation impacting the state’s Deaf, deaf, and hard-of-hearing communities. Before and during her law school career, she worked with disability rights organizations such as Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF), and Schneider Wallace Cotrell Brayton & Konecky LLP. While in law school, Karma served on the inaugural executive board of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities, engaging in pointed advocacy on a national level and planning the Association’s annual national conference.

After law school, she worked in program accessibility for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability and as a special education advocate with the Special Education Collaboration Project in San Francisco and the Law Office of Betsy Brazy in Alameda. Karma has also served on the Board of Directors for the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco and briefly served on the National Association of the Deaf’s Civil Rights Committee.

As a person with a life-long disability, Karma received special education services from kindergarten through her high school graduation and received effective communication accommodations in higher education and employment. Karma is a proud alumna of Cottey College and of the New College of California School of Law.

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