2020 Opening Plenary

A Conversation with Judith Heumann, International Disability Rights Activist and Leader

Wednesday, July 22, 9:00-10:30 am

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of passage of the ADA and recognizing the importance of history and personal narrative, AHEAD is excited to welcome Judith Heumann as our plenary speaker.

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 disabled people for over 30 years. She was part of the 1977 sit-in, where nearly 150 disability rights activists demanded that President Carter implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act... and was even featured in Drunk History’s retelling of the story!

To ensure that the plenary address covers reflections and insights of most interest to higher education, Judy will be interviewed by Amanda Kraus, AHEAD’s in-coming President. There will be significant opportunity for audience questions.

Judith Heumann
Judith Heumann