Simi Linton is an American author, consultant, and public speaker whose work focuses on disability studies. Linton was born in New York City to Edward Chaiken and Augusta Longwill Chaiken, and raised in New York City, New York.
As an undergraduate, she attended Columbia University in New York City, and earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University, and later worked on the university's faculty for fourteen years. She taught in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs at Hunter College until 1998. Linton often travels around the Northeast giving speeches, to bring awareness to her cause.
Linton has campaigned on disability issues since being injured in a car accident in 1971. She founded the National Coalition on Sexuality and Disability. In 1995 she received a Switzer Distinguished Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
- Linton, Simi (2006). My Body Politic, University of Michigan Press ISBN 978-0-472-11539-6
- Linton, Simi (1988). Claiming Disability, New York University Press ISBN 978-0-8147-5134-3