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Join Judy Heumann, an internationally recognized bad-ass disability activist, in conversation with disabled changemakers and their allies. For all fighting for social justice, these conversations across the worlds of art, entertainment, policy and advocacy are sure to light a rebellious fire under you to fight harder for all people.

The Heumann Perspective Judy Heumann

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

Join Judy Heumann, an internationally recognized bad-ass disability activist, in conversation with disabled changemakers and their allies. For all fighting for social justice, these conversations across the worlds of art, entertainment, policy and advocacy are sure to light a rebellious fire under you to fight harder for all people.

    How Art Feeds Us with Writer Kathi Wolfe

    How Art Feeds Us with Writer Kathi Wolfe

    This episode, Judy is joined by Kathi Wolfe. Kathi is a writer who works in both journalism and poetry. She often writes about topics involving the LGBTQ+ and disability communities. Judy and Kathi discuss her journey to poetry, characters she's created, what inspires her, and so much more. She also reads two of her poems, "Tasting Braille" and "Dancing with Martha Graham."

    Follow Kathi on Twitter @UppityBlindGirl.

    Photo taken by Alexander Vasiljev.

    Kathi Wolfe is a writer and poet. She writes frequently on disability and LGBTQ+ issues. Wolfe is a contributor with the Washington Blade, the LGBTQ+ paper. Wolfe was a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C. chapter Dateline award-for her Blade feature "Blind and Queer and Finding Community." She was a 1998-1999 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow. Her commentary has appeared in the "Washington Post," www.pbs.org and other publications. Wolfe wrote regularly for the disability press publications The Ragged Edge, Mainstream Magazineand Independence Today.

    Wolfe's poetry has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine and other publications. Last month, her poem "Tasting Braille" was the Poetry Foundation Poem of the Day. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and awarded Writers Grants by Vermont Studio Center.  Wolfe's most recent poetry collection is "Love and Kumquats." Wolfe was a contributor to the groundbreaking anthologies "Beauty Is a Verb: the New Poetry of Disability" and "QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology." She was a 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writer Fellow.



    * "Love and Kumquats" Book of Poetry on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

    * "Tasting Braille" on Poetry Foundation's Poem of the Day

    * "The Sun is Warm: Nagasaki, 1948" and "Dancing with Martha Graham" poems on PBS

    * "Helen Keller and Me" article for PBS

    * PBS Documentary Becoming Helen Keller Panel Discussion featuring Kathi

    * Kathi's contributions for The Washington Blade



    Find a shortened video version of this interview on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Outro music by Gaelynn Lea: https://violinscratches.com/ 

    • 29 min
    Healthcare Informed by Disability with Andrea Dalzell

    Healthcare Informed by Disability with Andrea Dalzell

    Judy converses with Andrea Dalzell, also known as The Seated Nurse. She is a Registered Nurse committed to ensuring that healthcare is informed by disability. She advocates for the inclusion of disabled healthcare providers, as well as better care for disabled patients. Not to mention, she is so much more than a nurse! Andrea is an activist, social media influencer, educator, nonprofit founder, athlete, and more.





    Follow Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @theseatednurse.







    Andrea is a Registered Nurse, Healthcare Advocate, Disability Rights Influencer, and most importantly, Survivor! She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

    At the age of 5, she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis which is an inflammation of the spinal cord that causes pain, muscle weakness, and paralysis. She was using a wheelchair full-time by the age of 12. Although this diagnosis was very critical, Andrea let absolutely nothing get in the way of being all that she could be.

    Andrea received her degree from the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. However, life after graduation for Andrea was the beginning of a long disappointing journey of trying to convince employers that she could handle the job duties of being a nurse in a wheelchair.

    While diligently trying to secure a position in a hospital, Andrea worked as a health director, case manager, and school nurse to make ends meet.  After 76 interviews, she was finally given the opportunity to prove herself when she was hired as the first Registered Nurse in a wheelchair in New York state.





    * Andrea Dalzell on Good Morning America 

    * Craig H. Neilsen Visionary Prize 



    Find a shortened video version of this interview on Judy's YouTube channel.

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 33 min
    Supporting Disabled Entrepreneurs with Diego Mariscal and Hannah Frankl

    Supporting Disabled Entrepreneurs with Diego Mariscal and Hannah Frankl

    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Judy chats with Diego Mariscal and Hannah Frankl about their work supporting entrepreneurs with disabilities.

    Learn more about 2Gether-International at 2gether-international.org.

    Learn more about Google for Startups and find resources at startup.google.com.



    Diego Mariscal is the founder and CEO of 2Gether-International. He is disabled and proud! He is also very passionate and strategic about the relationship between disability advocacy, entrepreneurship, and sustainable impact.

    At the age of 18, Diego started Limitless Prepa Tec, a disability education program for students in Monterrey, Mexico. In 4 years, the program expanded to 7 high schools across the country, reaching more than 3,000 students nationwide. To this day, Limitless continues to be one of the largest youth-led programs working to educate students about disabilities in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Diego has been internationally recognized for his work, most notably by the Waldzell Institute in Vienna as an Architect of the Future and by the British Council as a Global Changemaker. In 2016, Diego was invited to the first United Nations World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul. In 2017, Diego became the first entrepreneur with a disability, from the US delegation, to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Hyderabad, India.



    Hannah is a Global PMM on the Google for Startups team, dedicated to leveling the playing field for startup founders and communities to succeed by connecting them with the right people, products and best practices to help them grow. Since joining Google in 2017, Hannah has also led various disability-inclusion initiatives.

    Hannah's experience prior to Google ranges from strategy consulting for nonprofits to product management and venture capital at Microsoft Ventures (now called M12). She also previously was on the board of the SF Jewish Federation finance committee as a Fed Fellow, and held a leadership role on the Impact Team of Minds Matter San Francisco, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting low-income high school students.

    Outside of work, Hannah sits on the Next Gen board of Lime Connect, a nonprofit supporting people with disabilities, as well as on the board of Birthright Excel, a Jewish business organization.

    Additional Resources:



    * 2GI Tech Cohort: The accelerator cohort at 2Gether-International with support from Google for Startups .

    * All-in.withgoogle.com: Google's publicly available resource for inclusive marketing best practices, featuring the disability-inclusion portion that Hannah contributed to.

    * "When it comes to inclusion, we must stop overlooking accessibility": A Think with Google article written by Hannah.

    * "How Hannah Frankl advocates for startups and inclusivity": Hannah's #MyPathToGoogle article on Google's Blog.



    Find a shortened video version of this interview on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Outro music by Gaelynn Lea: https://violinscratches.com/ 

    • 27 min
    Disability and Aging with AARP Vice President, Susan Reinhard

    Disability and Aging with AARP Vice President, Susan Reinhard

    This week, Judy is joined by Susan Reinhard. They chat about how vital it is to include disability in the conversation around aging and including aging in the conversation around disability as disability is a natural part of life and that people's disabilities evolve and change as they age and so will their needs



    Susan is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute (PPI) which is the focal point for public policy research an analysis at the state, federal, and international level.

    She leads PPI's Family Caregiving Initiatives and also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a national resource center created to ensure that America has the highly skilled nurses it needs to provide care in the future.

    Susan is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy. She has extensive experience in conducting, directing, and translating research into action to promote policy change.

    Additional Resources:



    * AARP Prepare to Care: A Caregiving Planning Guide for Families

    * AARP Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard



    Find a shortened video version of this interview on Judy's YouTube channel.

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 39 min
    Conducting Disability Inclusive Research with Teresa Nguyen and Sandy Ho

    Conducting Disability Inclusive Research with Teresa Nguyen and Sandy Ho

    This week, Judy is chatting with two long-time friends, Teresa Nguyen and Sandy Ho. Sandy and Teresa sharing their experiences as two badass Asian American disabled researchers.



    Transcripts available



    Teresa Nyugen is a curriculum developer/trainer at Colorado Employment First where she specializes in transitioning youth, families, and healthcare. Previously, she was a program officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services and served as a subject matter expert for disability and health care system initiatives.

    Sandy Ho is a research project manager at the Community Living Policy Center at the Lurie Institute at Brandeis University, as well as a community organizer in the Boston area focused on disability justice and intersectionality. She is a Master of Public Policy student at the Heller School and the founder of the Disability & Intersectionality Summit.



    Follow Teresa on Instagram @teresa.grams

    Follow Sandy on twitter @NotYourAvgHo101



    To keep up with Judy (which may be impossible, she is very fast) follow her @theheumannperspective on Instagram and @judithheumann on Twitter



    For more music by Gaelynn Lea: https://violinscratches.com/

    For more music by Lachi: https://www.lachimusic.com/index.html

    • 40 min
    Going Beyond Accommodations with Kathy Martinez

    Going Beyond Accommodations with Kathy Martinez

    This week, Judy is chatting with Kathy Martinez, a lifelong Disability Rights Activist and President/CEO of Disability Rights Advocates. Judy and Kathy talk about Kathy’s adventure filled childhood, her introduction to disability activism in the 70s, her career in activism that stemmed from that and the importance of weaving accessibility into everything you do instead of it being an afterthought.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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41 Ratings

TrilleeBean ,

A great place to learn

I only discovered the podcast recently, but have enjoyed listening to all of the episodes. As someone new to the idea of disability rights activism I have found the podcast enlightening and enriching. Thank you for putting together thoughtful and provoking interviews, I have been recommending the podcast to other people in the community and hope they will find it as helpful as I have been.

Windchild1 ,

The incomparable Judy Heumann!

Judy brings a lens to this work that no other can. Her experience as an activist and advocrat guides our way. What shines through most here is her heartfelt love for the Disability community and all those working for justice across diverse identities, communities and causes. Feel like you’re sitting at Judy’s dining room table having a great conversation.

SammZ ,

Important Listen

If you believe in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion this podcast is so important. Disability rights are human rights.

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