Jeff Moyer’s life, (71), has been shaped by progressive blindness, kidney donation, and his late, younger brother Mark’s severe cognitive disability. Mark suffered the cruelty of neighborhood children, and 33 years in barbaric institutions and aggregate living situations. Jeff established a supported living home for Mark where he lived peacefully until his death in 2013. Jeff’s short-lived piano and guitar lessons ended when teachers understood that he could not see to read music. Jeff has taught himself to play 20 instruments by ear. Jeff cut his teeth as a songwriter in the 1960’s within the civil rights movement, in turbulent East Cleveland, Ohio. He was invited to perform at the memorial service for the assassinated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He applied those lessons to the burgeoning disability rights movement” during the historic Section 504 Demonstration at the San Francisco Federal Building.
Jeff was invited by the late Justin Dart Jr. to perform his song, “The ADA Anthem” at a reception at the US Senate, following the law’s signing. Jeff developed curricular materials and songs for children and schools, published through his company, Music from the Heart. He has performed in 47 states and internationally.
In recent years, he has focused on music for hospice, producing “Peace Sweet Peace”, an album of songs for the dying and for grieving. Jeff’s major albums are available without cost through all music platforms. Jeff lives with his wife Cristi, in Chula Vista, California. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.
In partnership with Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed.
Author: Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity Work in K-12 Schools & Communities, and children’s book Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights, ADA 30th Anniversary Edition https://www.dianapastoracarson.com/store