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Americans with Disabilities Act

Penn State will commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a virtual event Tomorrow Afternoon.

Dylan Huberman spoke with Penn State organizers and the event’s guest speaker.

Judy Heumann, a renowned international disability advocate, will take a comprehensive look at society now as opposed to when the Americans with disabilities act was first signed thirty years ago.

“It allows you to see the progression that has evolved over the last number of decades as disabled individuals speak up for our rights and really demand and engage in democracy.”

International disability advocate Judy Heumann will speak virtually Tomorrow at three thirty at an event organized by Penn State Educational Equity titled commemorating more than thirty years of the ADA then and now with Judy Heumann.

“Having Judy here means that we’re acknowledging yet another identity, which is so pivotal to fostering belonging at Penn State. Disability is a key part of that. We are very happy to celebrate it. We are absolutely honored to have Judy take part in this and be in our virtual space, in our homes and with our students and in our classrooms and with our community.”

Judy has been an advocate for decades, and says she continues to share her views because the general public still needs more.

“Greater awareness as a society of what we need to be doing ensure that the lives of disabled individuals without physical disabilities are valued, and that we look more at the public policies that we have or do not have.”

Penn Staters screened Crip Camp, a movie executively produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, featuring Heumann’s motivation last month.

Armstrong says Heumann’s messages are important.

“People can get involved and we can partner with local communities and really make more conversations about disability, whether its in the workplace or in your lives and that we make it a regular part of conversations that we are having on an everyday basis.”

Heumann echoed Armstrong’s message of getting involved.

“That it is all our responsibilities to really look at what role we have been playing in helping to advance the inclusion and rights of disabled people, with all forms of disabilities.”

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