A Conversation about Disability, Awareness, Rights, and Activism with Judy Heumann and Dr. Miro Griffiths

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Becoming Community, Gender Studies Department, Multicultural Center, CSB/SJU Libraries, Student Accessibility Services, Extending The Link


Dr. Griffiths and Judy Heumann will be tuning in via Zoom at 2 PM CT for the conversation. You may attend the live viewing event at 2 PM in the Founder’s Room at SJU or tune in virtually via Zoom. We will also host a viewing of the recording of the event at 6 PM in the Multicultural Center at CSB. We highly encourage listeners to attend the live viewing event at 2 PM in the Founders Room because there will be opportunities for audiences to engage with Judy Heumann and Dr. Griffiths in addition to fellow community members.

Speaker Bios:

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. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation advancing the inclusion of disabled people in the US and around the world and fighting to end discrimination against all those with disabilities. She is now an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community.

Dr. Miro Griffiths is a Leverhulme Research Fellow in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. Miro's research explores disabled people's participation and experience of resistance practices, politics, and activist mobilization. Miro lectures on disability theory, research methods, and policy analysis. He is an adviser on disability policy to the UK Government, UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, European Commission, and disabled people's organizations across Europe. Miro identifies as a disabled person.