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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 • 53 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.

    Theater & Autobiographical Performance with Ryan Haddad

    Theater & Autobiographical Performance with Ryan Haddad

    The transcript for this episode is available here.



    Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include My Straighties (Ars Nova/ANT Fest), Noor and Hadi Go to Hogwarts (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), and the cabaret Falling for Make Believe (Joe's Pub/Under the Radar). Regional theatre: The Maids, Lucy Thurber's Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Hi, Are You Single? (Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has a recurring role on the Netflix series "The Politician." Additional television: "Bull," "Madam Secretary," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

    Haddad is a recipient of IAMA Theatre Company's Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and Rising Phoenix Repertory's Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award. His work has been developed with The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Noor Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, and Pride Plays. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Out Magazine, and American Theatre. Ryan is an alum of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow, under the mentorship of Moe Angelos. @ryanjhaddad and ryanjhaddad.com.

    Related Links:



    * Ryan's Website

    * Dark Disabled Stories at The Public Theater Tickets and Information

    * Hi, Are You Single? Woolly Mammoth Theatre Trailer

    * The Politician on Netflix



    For 2023, we're inviting our listeners to participate in Ask Judy in a new way. We want you to send us voice memos with messages and questions for Judy that we'll feature in an episode of The Heumann Perspective. If interested, please send yours to media@judithheumann.com

    Check out the video version of this episode on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 52 min
    Access to Communication with Elizabeth Bonker

    Access to Communication with Elizabeth Bonker

    The transcript for this episode is available here.



    About Elizabeth Bonker

    Elizabeth Bonker is the Executive Director of Communication 4 ALL, a nonprofit with the mission to gain communication for the estimated 31 million non-speakers with autism worldwide. Elizabeth learned to type on a letterboard at age six and later, on a keyboard. Soon after, she began writing poems that were published in I Am in Here. In 2022, Elizabeth wrote the lyrics for an I Am in Here album with the music by The Bleeding Hearts. Her decade of advocacy work has included a PBS feature, a TEDMED Talk at the Kennedy Center, and bipartisan support for her mission on Capitol Hill. In May 2022, Elizabeth graduated as a Valedictorian from the Honors Program at Rollins College. Her Commencement Address went viral with more than 4 billion media impressions creating visibility and momentum for her mission. Elizabeth is a member of Autism Society of America's Council of Autistic Advisors and frequently a speaker at conferences interested in neurodiversity.

    Related links:



    * Communication 4 ALL

    * Elizabeth's Rollins College 2022 Valedictorian Speech

    * Elizabeth's Album "I Am in Here"



    For 2023, we're inviting our listeners to participate in Ask Judy in a new way. We want you to send us voice memos with messages and questions for Judy that we'll feature in an episode of The Heumann Perspective. If interested, please send yours to media@judithheumann.com

    Check out the video version of this episode on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 24 min
    “Not Going Quietly” with Ady Barkan and Nick Bruckman

    “Not Going Quietly” with Ady Barkan and Nick Bruckman

    The Heumann Perspective is a finalist for a Signal Award! Vote here between now and December 22nd to help us win the Public Service & Activism Listener's Choice Award.

    The transcript for this episode is available here.



    About Ady Barkan

    Ady Barkan is an organizer and campaigner, who Politico deemed "the most powerful activist in America." Over his career, Ady has specialized in bringing policy makers face to face with the people whose lives their decisions shape, and generating public attention and political pressure out of those confrontations. Since 2017, Ady's work has focused on health care, marshaling his own paralysis from A.L.S. to urge Americans to demand more of our government. He received his juris doctorate from Yale Law School and now lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where he works as the founder and Co-Executive Director of Be A Hero. His story is told in the documentary Not Going Quietly.



    About Nick Bruckman

    Nicholas Bruckman is the founder and CEO of People's Television, a production studio and creative agency that produces award-winning independent films as well as video storytelling for the world's leading brands. His feature documentary Not Going Quietly, executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize, and was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Director of the year at the IDA awards. The film was critically acclaimed and acquired for distribution by Greenwich Entertainment (theatrical), PBS POV (broadcast), Vice World News (international), and Hulu (streaming).

    Related Links:



    * Not Going Quietly Website

    * Be A Hero Fund

    * People's Television

    * Nicholas Bruckman's Website

    * Watch Not Going Quietly on Hulu

    * Ady's Book, Eyes to the Wind

    * FWD-Doc



    This episode's Ask Judy question came from @carlyfahey on Instagram. If you'd like to submit a question for Ask Judy, send it to media@judithheumann.com or DM Judy on Instagram or Twitter.

    Check out the video version of this episode on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 44 min
    Happy 75th Birthday, Judy!

    Happy 75th Birthday, Judy!

    The Heumann Perspective is a finalist for a Signal Award! Vote here between now and December 22nd to help us win the Public Service & Activism Listener's Choice Award.

    The transcript for this episode is available here.

    Check out the YouTube video version of this episode here.

    This episode features (in sequential order):



    * Lachi

    * Joseph and Mary Heumann

    * Bob Williams

    * Elijah Armstrong

    * Keely Cat-Wells

    * Theodore Gallion

    * Bonnie Gallion

    * Spencer West

    * Ann Cupolo Freeman and Sam Freeman

    * John Beach

    * Lolo Spencer

    * Ben and Sharon Bryan

    * Nic Novicki

    * Kathi Wolfe

    * James Ian

    * Maria Town

    * Brent Elder

    * Kylie Miller and Kelila Weiner

    * Jorge Pineda

    * John Register



    If you'd like to submit a question for Ask Judy, send it to media@judithheumann.com or DM Judy on Instagram or Twitter.

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 21 min
    Psychosocial Disabilities in Latin America with Alberto Vásquez

    Psychosocial Disabilities in Latin America with Alberto Vásquez

    The Heumann Perspective is a finalist for a Signal Award! Vote here between now and December 22nd to help us win the Public Service & Activism Listener's Choice Award.

    The transcript for this episode is available here.





    About Alberto Vásquez

    Alberto Vásquez is a human rights lawyer and disability rights advocate. He is the co-director of the Center for Inclusive Policy (CIP) and president of the Peruvian NGO Sociedad y Discapacidad - SODIS (Society and Disability). He previously served as the research coordinator for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and as a consultant for several United Nations entities, including WHO, UNICEF and the OHCHR. Alberto brings 17 years of experience in law reform, advocacy and human rights monitoring in the field of disability and mental health. In Peru, he has been actively involved in law and policy reform, including the groundbreaking reform that recognised the legal capacity of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others and abolished guardianship. He studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and completed his LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Alberto is also a founder member of the Latin American Network of Psychosocial Diversity and an honorary fellow at the University of Essex. 

    Related Links:



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    Center for Inclusive Policy



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    Sociedad y Discapacidad (Society and Disability)



    * Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities



    This episode's Ask Judy question came from @chrisfishabilityecology on Instagram. If you'd like to submit a question for Ask Judy, send it to media@judithheumann.com or DM Judy on Instagram or Twitter.

    Check out the video version of this episode on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 49 min
    Disability as a Creative Source with Molly Joyce

    Disability as a Creative Source with Molly Joyce

    The transcript for this episode is available here.



    About Molly Joyce

    Composer and performer Molly Joyce has been deemed one of the "most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome" by The Washington Post. Her music has additionally been described as "serene power" (New York Times), written to "superb effect" (The Wire), and "unwavering" and "enveloping" (Vulture). Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident. The primary vehicle in her pursuit is her electric vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay that suits her body and engages her disability on a compositional and performative level. Her debut full-length album, Breaking and Entering, featuring toy organ, voice, and electronic sampling of both sources was released in June 2020 on New Amsterdam Records, and has been praised by New Sounds as "a powerful response to something (namely, physical disability of any kind) that is still too often stigmatized, but that Joyce has used as a creative prompt."

    Molly is a graduate of The Juilliard School (graduating with scholastic distinction), Royal Conservatory in The Hague (recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant), and Yale School of Music. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from CUNY School of Professional Studies and is an alumnus of the National YoungArts Foundation. She has studied with Samuel Adler, Martin Bresnick, Guus Janssen, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Martijn Padding, Christopher Theofanidis, and has served on the composition faculty of New York University, Wagner College, and Berklee Online, teaching subjects including Disability and the Arts, Music Technology, Music Theory, and Orchestration. She is currently a Dean's Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia, focusing on Composition and Computer Technologies.

    Related Links:



    * Molly's Website

    * "Perspective" Album on Bandcamp

    * Molly Joyce on Spotify

    * Molly Joyce on Apple Music

    * RAMPD: Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities



    This episode's Ask Judy question came from @otto_types on Instagram. If you'd like to submit a question for Ask Judy, send it to media@judithheumann.com or DM Judy on Instagram or Twitter.

    Check out the video version of this episode on Judy's YouTube channel. 

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

EricaJolene ,

Representation I have always needed

It is so wonderful to hear experiences that are similar to my own through the stories and conversations shared by Judy and guests. Disability Representation MATTERS, and I so wish I had the opportunity to hear more stories like these throughout my young life. It has been energizing and thought-provoking to learn more about the stories behind the disability activism of others in my community.

Sha Lo ,

Great listening and learning

I just finished up with the 1/5/22 episode, my first time listening. Wow! First off, I admire a Judy so much since I watched a Crip Camp. I plan to read her book. There is so much to hear about on the topic of disability rights and coming from Judy is probably the best source! My young daughter is disabled, so this podcast is much appreciated for many reasons!

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.

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