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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 • 54 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.

    BONUS EPISODE: Behind-the-Scenes Content

    BONUS EPISODE: Behind-the-Scenes Content

    In honor of the one year anniversary of Judy's passing, this bonus episode of The Heumann Perspective features unpublished, behind-the-scenes moments. You'll hear Judy interacting with guests before and after interviews, as well as the occasional voices of her podcast producers.

    The transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

    Interviews featured in this episode:



    * Ryan Haddad (January 2023)

    * Ann Cupolo Freeman, Denise Jacobson, and Lionel Je'Woodyard (April 2021)

    * Lolo Spencer (March 2022)

    * Emily and Ellen Ladau (August 2021)

    * Lachi (March 2021)

    * Gloria Steinem (February 2023)

    * Andrea Dalzell (October 2021)

    * Chelsie Hill (August 2022)

    * Diego Mariscal and Hannah Frankl (October 2021)

    * Amy Kenny, Mona Minkara, and Rabbi Lauren Tuchman (February 2023)

    * Dennis Billups and Emily Smith Beitiks (April 2022)

    * Julia Bascom (March 2021)

    * Keith Jones and Leroy Moore (February 2022)

    * Kathi Wolfe (November 2021)

    * Nyle DiMarco (April 2022)

    * Nina G. (May 2021)

    * Alberto Vasquez (November 2022)

    * Spencer West (June 2022)

    * Kathy Martinez (September 2021)

    * Jillian Mercado (January 2022)



    This episode was produced by Kylie Miller with the assistance of Rebecca Katz through the Goucher College Micro-Internship Program.

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 32 min
    Gloria Steinem & Judy Heumann in Conversation

    Gloria Steinem & Judy Heumann in Conversation

    CONTENT WARNING: Brief mention of sexual violence.

    The conversation featured in this episode was recorded a few weeks before Judy Heumann passed away on March 4th, 2023. This is last of 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective. All episodes of The Heumann Perspective will remain available indefinitely at judithheumann.com.

    The transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

    This episode is also available in video format on YouTube.





    Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She lives in New York City, and is the author of the travelogue My Life on the Road.

     

    Photo by Katie Lyman.

    Related Links:



    * Gloria's Website

    * My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem



    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 41 min
    Pakistani Disabled Women-Led Activism with Abia Akram & Zahida Hameed Qureshi

    Pakistani Disabled Women-Led Activism with Abia Akram & Zahida Hameed Qureshi

    CONTENT WARNING: Mentions of sexual and gender based violence.

    The conversation featured in this episode was recorded a few weeks before Judy Heumann passed away on March 4th, 2023. This is the fourth of 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective that will be published over the next few weeks. All episodes of The Heumann Perspective will remain available indefinitely at judithheumann.com.

    The transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

    This episode is also available in video format on YouTube.





    Abia Akram has been engaged in the Disability Movement since 1997. She is known as one of most active women with disabilities leader globally. In the struggle of giving voice to women with disabilities, she has been lobbying with parliamentarians, UN high level representatives focusing on developing advocacy strategies to raise awareness, network, and build capacity and at the UN level in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Inclusive Development. She also coordinates efforts of including persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals. In particular, she established National Forum of Women with Disabilities, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), Aging and Disability Task Force (ADTF), and has been recently assigned the responsibility as Chair, Asia Paific Women with Disabilities Network. She is the Co-Coordinator, Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities United and Coordinator, South Asia Disability and Development Initiative (SADDI) Project, Executive Board Member, Commonwealth Disability Forum. Abia is also a Trustee for the Sightsavers UK and a Board Member of Asia Pacific Women, Law & Development (APWLD).



    Zahida Hameed Qureshi lives in Multan, Pakistan. When she was just 6-months-old, she got polio and as a result, both of her legs were paralyzed. She began using a wheelchair and found independence doing her daily chores without depending on her family. Zahida went to school, college, and university just like any other independent student. She completed her Masters in Economics from Bahauddin Zakriya University. After completing her education, Zahida was rejected from jobs in her field because of her disability. She finally landed a position at an organization called SPO where people with disabilities are encouraged to work. Working with SPO enabled Zahida to pursue her passion to work for people with disabilities, especially women with disabilities. This passion became an institution in 2007 when Zahida setup a DPO called Society for Special Persons. It works on the concept that "Disabled people are their best advocates" and provides them a platform to express their problems openly and fight for their rights. Zahida strongly believes that people with disabilities should not be view as a burden on society of their families. They must try their best to create opportunities for themselves in order to help improve the country.

    Related Links:



    * Article about Zahida and Society for Special Persons

    * Society for Special Persons Website

    * National Forum of Women with Disabilities Website

    * UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    * Sightsavers

    * Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development

    • 42 min
    Religion & Disability with Amy Kenny, Mona Minkara, & Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

    Religion & Disability with Amy Kenny, Mona Minkara, & Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

    The conversation featured in this episode was recorded a few weeks before Judy Heumann passed away on March 4th, 2023. This is the third of 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective that will be published over the next few weeks. All episodes of The Heumann Perspective will remain available indefinitely at judithheumann.com.

    The transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

    This episode is also available in video format on YouTube.





    Amy Kenny is a disabled scholar whose writing on disability has been featured in Teen Vogue, Sojourners, Shondaland, Reader's Digest, and Huff Post. Her award-winning book, My Body Is Not A Prayer Request mixes humor, personal narrative, and theology to invite faith communities to rethink their unintentional ableism and learn from the embodied wisdom of disabled people.

    She serves as a facilitator for Freedom Road Institute for Leadership and Justice, coordinates support for people experiencing homelessness in her neighborhood, and is a co-founder of Jubilee Homes OC, a permanent supportive housing initiative in her local community.

    Currently, she is launching the Disability Cultural Initiative at Georgetown University, a role that seeks to celebrate the diverse disability community and cultivate a culture of access intimacy across campus.



    Mona Samer Minkara is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University, where she uses computer simulations to obtain a better understanding of the chemical interactions that occur at the air-water interface inside the lungs. Her goal is to use this research to engineer better treatments and methods of drug delivery.

    Mona was born to devoted Lebanese immigrant parents and raised with two younger siblings in the Boston area. When Mona was 7, she was diagnosed with macular degeneration and cone-rod dystrophy. One specialist told her mother that it was not worth it to spend a penny on her education. In defiance, Mona's parents supported her through the Massachusetts public school system. Upon graduating high school, Mona was accepted to Wellesley College with scholarships. After graduating from Wellesley, Mona continued doing research for a year, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, before being awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Mona later attended the University of Florida for her Ph.D.



    Rabbi Lauren Tuchman is a sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018, she is, as far as she is aware, the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate. She provides consulting to individuals and organizations across the Jewish community on a variety of matters pertinent to disability access and inclusion. She has taught in numerous synagogues and other organizations across North America. She was named to the Jewish Week's 36 under 36 for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. In 2017, she delivered an ELI Talk entitled We All Were At Sinai: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah.

    In addition to her work in the disability inclusion space, Rabbi Tuchman passionately believes in the power of spiritual and contemplative practice as a path of transformational personal and collective change for the Jewish world and beyond. She has trained and continues to teach Mussar with Rabbi David Jaffe and the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project.

    Related Links:

    • 41 min
    Long COVID with Chimére Smith & Terri Wilder

    Long COVID with Chimére Smith & Terri Wilder

    CONTENT WARNING: Brief mention of suicidal ideation and suicide.

    The conversation featured in this episode was recorded a few weeks before Judy Heumann passed away on March 4th, 2023. This is the second of 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective that will be published over the next few weeks. All episodes of The Heumann Perspective will remain available indefinitely at judithheumann.com.

    The transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

    This episode is also available in video format on YouTube.





    Chimére L. Smith is an author, speaker, panelist, and thought leader who unapologetically shares her unique Long COVID journey including balancing the effects of the destabilizing condition on her emotionally, physically, and financially as a Black woman and patient. She has been featured on many media platforms including CNN, MSNBC, and in The New York Times. She has also written for Huffington Post, Medium, and She Knows. She is currently on a virtual book tour, celebrating the release of Fiona Löwenstein's The Long Covid Survival Guide of which she is a contributing author and can be found at chimereladawn.com. And she also works with #MEAction to encourage diversity in volunteerism.



    Terri Wilder is a writer, activist, and community organizer. She was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in March 2016. Since her diagnosis she has worked with elected officials, public health departments, health care providers, and activists to raise awareness about ME/CFS in New York, Minnesota, and across the globe. She was finishing her PhD in Sociology at Georgia State University when she became ill; however believes she has had the disease since 1996. She is currently a consultant with #MEAction, the chapter leader of #MEAction Minnesota, and represented the organization on the federal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC). She uses the skills she learned from the AIDS movement and the LGBTQ community to fight for the ME community. Terri is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Social Work where she earned her Master of Social Work. She graduated from UGA with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1989.

    Related Links:



    * The Long COVID Survival Guide

    * #MEAction

    * #MEAction's Stop. Rest. Pace. Campaign

    * Pacing and Management Guide for ME/CFS and Long COVID

    * Polio and Covid-19 Article

    * Unrest Film



    Stay tuned for the next of the 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective dropping next Wednesday.

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 52 min
    Bringing Your Whole Authentic Self with Molly Burke

    Bringing Your Whole Authentic Self with Molly Burke

    The conversation featured in this episode was recorded a few weeks before Judy Heumann passed away on March 4th, 2023. This is the first of 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective that will be published over the next few weeks. All episodes of The Heumann Perspective will remain available indefinitely at judithheumann.com.

    The transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

    This episode is also available in video format on YouTube.





    Molly Burke is a speaker, YouTuber, content creator, and disability advocate. At the age of four Molly's world changed forever when she learned that she would eventually go blind. Less than a year later she decided to empower herself by public speaking to raise awareness about blindness.

    Later, she not only competed for the title of Miss Teen Canada International, but won. Hungry to uplift young women worldwide, she chose to give up her crown to speak and advocate on stages around the world such as  the United Nations Headquarters and Davos World Economic Forum. She's spoken about empowerment, inclusivity, and equality alongside figures like Malala, Meghan Markle, Richard Branson, Demi Lovato, Martin Luther King III, and Justin Trudeau.

    Molly decided to share her message in a more universal way. She thus started her YouTube channel as one of the platform's first disabled creators. Over time she amassed over two million subscribers. She then decided to expand even further, and started creating content across platforms including TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat where she has already built communities of millions more followers.

    Molly has appeared in commercials that have aired during the Academy Awards, The Super Bowl, and more. She has been featured in leading press such as the Today Show and People Magazine and she has been both a nominee and recipient of numerous Shorty and Streamy Awards.

    Molly's Links:



    * Website

    * YouTube

    * TikTok

    * Instagram



    Stay tuned for the next of the 5 final episodes of The Heumann Perspective dropping next Wednesday.

    Intro music by Lachi. Outro music by Gaelynn Lea.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 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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