UMD Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Judith Heumann

A Conversation with Disability Rights Activist 

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community and a lifelong civil rights advocate, who helped pave the way for the passage of the ADA. From serving as the World Bank's first Adviser on Disability and Development to her eight-year role as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education in the Clinton administration to the role of Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department under the Obama administration, Judy has been involved in the advancement of human rights for people with disabilities for over 30 years. She was one of the main organizers of the 1977 HEW 504 sit-in, where nearly 150 disability rights activists demanded that President Carter implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act in July 2020, we had the honor of talking with Judith about her experiences working towards passing the ADA, her perspective on the current state of the ADA, and her vision for the future of ADA. 

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The event has been recorded and is available to the public:

The podcast of the event will be published soon. We invite you to continue to be engaged and connected with us! 

Please submit your questions or comments to pcdi@umd.edu.

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Planning Committee

  • Adith Thummalapalli
  • Alex Peterson
  • Ana Palla-Kane
  • Ira Kraemer 
  • JoEllen Barnhart 
  • Marie Parker Harvey
  • Nedelina Tchangalova 
  • Paul Jaeger
  • Wes Best