"This failure to learn about disabled leaders, culture, and history will only ever do harm--an inaction that will uphold the misconceptions and systemic discrimination that have become synonymous with disabled life. We must learn about disability history from disabled people." -Oaklee Thiele
Judith Ellen "Judy" Heumann (b. December, 1947) is a lifelong American disability rights activist. Heumann was one of the driving forces behind laws that protect disabled people today, including section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She helped to found the World Institute on Disability and was the first director for the Department on Disability Services. Learn more about Judy by reading her book “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist."
Alice Wong (b. 1997) is a working disability rights activist. She is the child of two Hong Kong immigrants, and was born with spinal muscular atrophy. Alice’s work has been integral in furthering the disability justice movement. She has served on the board for Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California, as well as advised the federal government through being an appointed member of the National Council on Disability.
Ed Roberts, (b.January 1939-March1995) was an American disability rights activist. He is considered the founder of the independent-living movement, which was created based on the belief that disabled people are entitled to the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as non-disabled people.
Frida Kahlo (b.July 1907-July 1954) is known for her colorful works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Her art explored themes of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race. She experienced chronic pain and used mobility aids throughout her life. Her paintings often reflected this subject matter.
Haben Girma is an American disability rights advocate. The child of two immigrants, Girma lost her sight and hearing in early childhood due to an unknown illness. In 2013, she became the first deafblind individual to graduate Harvard Law School. Today, Girma fights for accessibility for disabled individuals, specifically in the areas of digital media.
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