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Being Heumann with Judy Heumann

Sunday, February 7, 2021 25 Shevat 5781

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a “fire hazard” at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination.

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community. Her memoir, authored with Kristen Joiner, is titled Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, and audio recorded by Ali Stroker, who is the first wheelchair actor to perform on Broadway. Judy is featured in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a 2020 American award winning documentary film and is available on Netflix. She currently serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Humanity and Inclusion, as well as the Human Rights Watch board. She served in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations.

Cosponsored by the L.I.F.E. Lecture Series.

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