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In Conversation with International Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law more than three decades ago, but we know more work must be done to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities around the world.

In honor of the 31st anniversary of the ADA, please join the Urban Institute for a conversation with Judy Heumann about the history and future of the disability rights movement.  

Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. Her extensive accomplishments include cofounding Disabled in Action and the World Institute on Disability, serving in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the US Department of Education, and most notably, being the first person to serve as a special advisor for international disability rights, a position established by the Obama administration. She also served as the World Bank’s first special advisor and recently published Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist and was featured in the Netflix documentary film Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.



  • Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • Nora Hakizimana, Research Analyst, Urban Institute (moderator)
  • Susan J. Popkin, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Research Analyst
  • Institute Fellow
    Codirector, Disability Equity Policy Initiative
  • President