People in Your Neighborhood: Spotlight on Joe Basey: Life of Advocate

This is the first of a new series called “People in Your Neighborhood” spotlighting some of the people in our neighborhood we are glad to have in our community. Joe Basey is a Southeast Neighbor and Disability Rights Advocate working at the Hilyard Center. Contact Heather at to recommend a neighbor to be featured in our next edition.

Seeds of Advocacy

joe-baseyMy name is Joe Basey, and I’m a Disability Rights Advocate. I was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and am excited to be coming into my 4th decade on the earth this next month. I was born in Glendale California and have lived in Eugene since August 1990 when I moved there with my mom and younger siblings.

Advocacy has been a passion of mine for most of life. When I was younger, I was an advocate for organizations such as Easters Seals and the Shriners Hospital. As I got older and matured, I became more of an advocate for People with Disabilities (PWD). My desire to be a disabilities advocate stemmed from my own experience. As I was going through high school, I had such a fantastic support network of family and friends. There was never a question if I was going to college. It was more of a question of how I was going to pay for it. My parent’s never had different expectations for me than they had for my siblings. This was integral to envisioning my future.

After graduating from High school I went to Lane Community College and then the University of Oregon. I felt as though I was experiencing so much success. I want to pay it forward and help other people with disabilities to be as successful as I was. To this day, I have this passion for mentoring younger PWD though my faith community. I have also extended my mentoring to include younger People without Disabilities (PWOD). It’s truly one of my greatest joys in this world.

Thank you for your community service Joe! You can reach him at with any questions and comments.