Nebraska Authors

William Louis Rush

AKA: Bill Rush

Born 1955-08-20 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 2004-12-13
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Omaha, NE (USA)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Rush was the first quadriplegic to graduate from the University of Nebraska. As a student, he was a familiar sight around Lincoln controlling his wheelchair and voice synthesizer--a technology he was among the first to use--with a stick attached to his head. He was something of a humorist as well as as articulate advocate for the rights of the disabled. He testified before Congress about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Journalism


Autobiography; Rights of Disabled


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism, with distinction, 1983, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE




Easter Seal Society's Valiant Nebraskan of 1978


Journey Out of Silence. 1986.
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