Simi at BarnardSimi Linton, one of America’s foremost experts on disability and the arts, was honored with a Medal of Distinction from Barnard College during spring commencement on May 17 at Madison Square Garden.

Linton, a New York City native, was humbled to be recognized. “I was very moved and I was very excited that not only was I being nominated but also that the work that I do on disability issues and activism and the arts were particularly focused on,” she says. “I’d like to commend Barnard for the recognition of disability activism and disability in the arts as something to bring attention through this award.