Earlier this month, disability rights activist Judy Heumann passed away at the age of 75. A quadriplegic since high school, in 1970 Heumann was denied a school teaching position in New York City because her mobility was dependent on a wheelchair. Heumann sued the city, the New York Times editorialized in her favor, and she was hired for the position. This was the start of her life-long mission to advance issues of equality for persons with disabilities. On this edition of the Friday Buzz, host Andy Moore is joined by Michael Mohr, an Access Consultant with the McBurney Disability Resource Center at UW-Madison, to look back at Heumann’s accomplishments and look ahead at the work that still needs to be done.
Michael Mohr is an Access Consultant with the McBurney Disability Resource Center at UW-Madison, his alma mater. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He also has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology.
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