Lex Frieden is Professor of Health Informatics and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also directs the Independent Living Research Utilization Program t TIRR Memorial Hermann. Frieden has served as chairperson of the National Council on Disability, president of Rehabilitation International and chairperson of the American Association of People with Disabilities. He is recognized as one of the founders of the independent living movement by people with disabilities. He was instrumental in conceiving and drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Frieden currently serves on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.