Interview with Richard Pimentel



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Richard Pimentel, who served in the Army in Vietnam during 1968-69, describes the support he received as a disabled veteran to become a student at Portland State University, the social environment at the university during and after the Vietnam war, and his work as a PSU student that led to his career in employment training and advocacy for people with disabilities.


Richard Pimentel is a disability rights advocate, public speaker, and trainer who contributed to the passage and enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He served in the Vietnam War in 1968 and 1969 and returned from the conflict nearly completely deaf. His life's work began when, as a student at PSU, he developed a disability training program for supervisors as a sociology class project.

Pimentel received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from PSU in 2008.


Interview recorded on Zoom, July 1, 2021. This file is edited from the original recording.

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Military and Veterans Studies | Vocational Education

Interview with Richard Pimentel