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INTERNATIONAL DISABILITIES ADVOCATE – JUDY HEUMANN (REGISTER TODAY!)

Tumwater Rotary Club is proud to announce that International Disabilities Advocate, Judy Heumann, will be their featured guest speaker from noon to 1 pm (Pacific Time Zone) Wednesday, October 13th on Zoom.  Attendees must register online before the event:  https://d5020.com/TRC2021

Judy Heumann, a native of Brooklyn, New York, became disabled due to contracting polio at 18 months of age. She began using a wheelchair in 1949 to increase her mobility.  With the guidance and determination of her parents, Judy overcame adversity and tremendous discrimination over the years and has become an inspirational, worldwide advocate for disabled people.  In collaboration with Kristen Joiner, she authored the book Being Heumann “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” and is currently featured in a Netflix documentary film entitled “Crip Camp- A Disability Revolution.”

She hosts a podcast and has been featured in numerous documentaries regarding the history of the disability rights movement.  She serves on numerous nonprofit boards and is a Co-Founder of the World Institute on Disability (WID.) Under President Clinton, she was the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for the National Department of Education and then served as the World Bank’s first Advisor on Disability and Development from 2002 –2006.  Under President Obama, Judy was named the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State.

As advocates for the eradication of polio, Rotary International has made tremendous strides with their goal to eliminate polio from the world.  In collaboration with other Rotary organizations, the Tumwater Rotary remains committed to that task and is extremely proud to collaborate with Judy Heumann with the presentation of this program.

For further questions, please e-mail Tumwater Rotary President, Denise Keegan: dkeegan@cco.net

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