Jeff Erlanger

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Jeff Erlanger
Jeffrey Clay Erlanger

(1970-11-30)November 30, 1970
DiedJune 10, 2007(2007-06-10) (aged 36)
Madison, Wisconsin, US
Alma materEdgewood College (B.S. Political Science)
Years active1988–2007

Jeffrey Clay Erlanger (November 30, 1970 – June 10, 2007) was an American activist for disability rights. He is well known for his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when he was 10 years old, talking about his electric wheelchair and why he used it.

Erlanger's philosophy was summarized in a 2002 Wisconsin Public Television ad: "It doesn't matter what I can't do — what matters is what I can do."[1][2]

Erlanger choked on some food,[3] and was in a coma for several weeks before dying on Sunday, June 10, 2007 in Madison, aged 36.

References[change | change source]

  1. DeFour, Matthew. "Madison Civic Activist Jeff Erlanger Dies". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  2. Wisconsin Public Television (2007-06-13), Jeff & Mister Rogers, retrieved 2018-03-07
  3. "Swallowing issues with paralysis - Forum Topic - Reeve Foundation Community". Reeve Foundation Community. Archived from the original on 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-18.