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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 • 44 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.

    The Importance of Representation with Jillian Mercado

    The Importance of Representation with Jillian Mercado

    This episode, Judy interviews Jillian Mercado. Jillian is a model, actress and activist. Judy and Jillian chat about her life and career, as well as her experience of being the representation she always yearned to see growing up. At the end of this episode is a brand new segment called Ask Judy!



    Find this episode's transcript here.

    Follow Jillian on Twitter @jilly_peppa and on Instagram @jillianmercado.





    Jillian Mercado is an actress, model, and activist who was born and raised in New York City and is of Dominican descent. Diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy as a child, Jillian has become a prominent figure in the fashion world, challenging beauty ideals, and re-defining traditional norms in the fashion industry.

    To date, Jillian has starred in campaigns for Olay, Bumble 100, Calvin Klein fragrance, Nordstrom, Target and Tommy Hilfiger. In September 2018, she was featured on Teen Vogue's first digital cover. In addition, editorial features include CR Fashion Book, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Glassbook, Jejune, and Herring & Herring magazine.

    As an actress, Jillian's most notable role is playing 'Maribel' on the L Word Generation. Jillian has spent her off camera career actively fighting to advocate for more representation of people with disabilities and eradicate the enduring stigma they face in the fashion industry.

    Related links:



    * Jillian's CAA Profile

    * Jillian's Portfolio

    * The L-Word: Generation Q on Showtime

    * Disabled Black Creatives



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

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



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

     

    • 42 min
    Writing “Being Heumann” with co-authors Kristen Joiner and Judy Heumann

    Writing “Being Heumann” with co-authors Kristen Joiner and Judy Heumann

    We're kicking off 2022 with a special edition episode! Kylie Miller, the producer of The Heumann Perspective, steps in to interview Judy and her co-author, Kristen Joiner. Together, they wrote "Being Heumann: An unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist" and the YA version, Rolling Warrior.







    Being Heumann formats and vendors:



    * Find a hardcover copy at a local bookstore

    * Find a paperback copy at a local bookstore

    * Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle eBook on Amazon

    * Paperback, Hardcover, and Nook eBook on Barnes & Noble

    * Large Print Edition

    * Audiobook on Audible

    * Audiobook on Apple Books





    Rolling Warrior formats and vendors:



    * Find a paperback copy at a local bookstore

    * Paperback and Kindle eBook on Amazon

    * Paperback and NOOK eBook on Barnes & Noble

    * Large Print Edition on Amazon

    * Large Print Edition on Barnes & Noble

    * Audiobook on Audible

    * Audiobook on Apple Books







    Kristen Joiner is a writer and activist who tries to tell stories that change how people see the world. Her writing on exclusion, inequality, and social change has been published in Ms. Magazine, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Spin-Off, Stuff and other outlets. She lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children.

    Connect with her on Twitter @kristenjoiner.

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



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

    • 38 min
    Environmental Justice and Disability with Pauline Castres

    Environmental Justice and Disability with Pauline Castres

    This episode, Judy chats with Pauline Castres about the relationship between environmental justice and disability. Pauline defines eco-ableism, describes how disabled people are disproportionately impacted by climate change, shares takeaways from COP26, explains why disability activists should also be environmental activists, and much more.











    Pauline is a climate change, disability rights, and global health policy and advocacy professional with ten years of experience working with local and national governments, EU institutions, and UN agencies. This year, she's been named one of the thirty most influential disabled activists in the world, and one of the 100 most powerful disability advocates in the UK by the Shaw Trust's Disability Power 100. Pauline has led high-profile advocacy projects - for UN agencies, the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, and several health charities - including a project that won the EU NGO Health Award in 2016. She previously worked on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in developing countries, with a focus on the intersectionality between disability and gender in education settings. Pauline is currently setting up her own consultancy platform where she will train climate activists on disability issues, as well as disability activists about climate issues.

    Additional Resources:



    Humanity & Inclusion Climate Change and Disability Statistics

    UN Human Rights Climate Change and Disability Statistics

    Eco-Ableism Straw Example

    Benilda Caixeta Obituary

    CNN Article on Benilda Caixeta and FEMA

    Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

    Disability News Service Article featuring Pauline

    Air Quality News Article featuring Pauline

    "Climate anxiety plagues millions in Britain as COP26 faces criticism for missing mark on disability" Article featuring Pauline

    Friends of the Earth Article featuring Pauline and Judy



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



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

    • 31 min
    Elevating Disabled Screenwriters with The Inevitable Foundation Co-Founders

    Elevating Disabled Screenwriters with The Inevitable Foundation Co-Founders

    This episode, Judy chats with the co-founders of Inevitable Foundation, Richie Siegel and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska. The Inevitable Foundation is a new non-profit organization dedicated to funding and mentoring professional disabled screenwriters. Their ultimate goal is to create a world where people with disabilities are valued both on and off screen.



    Richie is the co-founder and President of Inevitable Foundation, charged with leading the Foundation's overall strategy and day-to-day operations. He is a filmmaker and entrepreneur by trade who, before founding Inevitable, spent seven years running a consulting and research firm in the consumer goods industry called Loose Threads. Under Richie's leadership, Loose Threads became a leading strategic partner to the C-Suite of many brands, private equity firms, media companies and real estate investment firms. He was a founding board member at the podcasting startup Simplecast, which was sold to SiriusXM in 2020. He supports a number of causes including racial justice, transcendental meditation, criminal justice reform, disabled artist education and voter registration, among others. Richie has a younger sister who has epilepsy and other developmental disabilities who was one of the inspirations for starting Inevitable Foundation, since he would never see people like his sister in film and TV growing up.

    Marisa is a co-founder of Inevitable Foundation, tasked with leading the Fellowship experience as well as talent outreach. She is a screenwriter by trade who studied at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and was the recipient of the Jay Roach Endowed Scholarship and Sloan Screenwriting Award. Before Inevitable Foundation and USC, Marisa worked for seven years at  a summer camp for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Her time at summer camp was a transformative experience for her-the first time she was in a majority disabled space-and led her to choose a career in screenwriting, given the total absence of disabled characters she would see on-screen growing up. Marisa also lives with invisible physical disabilities, which have informed the ways she views accessibility in the traditionally inaccessible entertainment industry and drives her passion for systematic change.

    • 36 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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.

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.

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