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Upcoming Disability Matters Podcast Episode

In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life of Judy Heumann

July 23, 2024 / 2 pm – 3 pm ET

As we celebrate Disability Pride Month, Joyce takes time to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Judy Heumann a major American disability rights leader and activist. Originally aired: December 15, 2020, Joyce welcomed Judy Heumann, internationally recognized leader in the disability rights independent living movement, to the show. Judy worked with a wide range of activist organizations (including the Berkeley Center for Independent Living and the American Association of People with Disabilities), NGOs, and governments since the 1970s and has contributed greatly to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. Judy discusses her book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, which was published in February 2020.

Recent Disability Matters Podcast Episodes

Encore In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life of Judy Heumann

Tue, 23 Jul 2024 07:00:00 GMT

As we celebrate Disability Pride Month, Joyce takes time to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Judy Heumann a major American disability rights leader and activist. Originally aired: December 15, 2020, Joyce welcomed Judith Heumann, internationally recognized leader in the disability rights independent living movement, to the show. Judy worked with a wide range of activist organizations (including the Berkeley Center for Independent Living and the American Association of People with Disabilities), NGOs, and governments since the 1970s and has contributed greatly to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. Judy discusses her new book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, which was published in February 2020.



Chris Rosa: President/CEO The Viscardi Center Upholding the ADA

Tue, 16 Jul 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Dr. Chris Rosa, President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profits that educate, employ, and empower children and adults with disabilities. Dr. Rosa will share his passion for the mission of this organization and illustrate how they help uphold the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Maria Town: President & CEO of AAPD Upholding the ADA

Tue, 09 Jul 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes back to the show, Maria Town, President & CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). As we continue commemorating the 34th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2024, Ms. Town will review the ways in which the AAPD works to uphold the ADA and fights for the rights of all people with disabilities.



Tony Coelho: Shares History of ADA and ADA Amendments Act

Tue, 02 Jul 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes The Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act. As we approach the 34th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2024, Mr. Coelho will share the history of how the ADA came to be and share work that still needs done to improve the lives of people with disabilities 34 years after the landmark legislation became law of the land.



Peri Jude-Radecic, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP)

Tue, 25 Jun 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes back, Peri Jude Radecic, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP). DRP helps people with disabilities in many areas such as abuse and neglect, access to community services, discrimination, ADA compliance issues, education, assistive technology, voting access, and access to Medical Assistance services. They help people with developmental disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities, brain injury, and people in mental health recovery. The hour will be devoted to expanding Peri’s weekly report on the latest advocacy accomplishments of Disability Rights Pennsylvania.



Jonathan Capehart/Jason Mida: Pride Month Recognition 2 Stories

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 07:00:00 GMT

In recognition of Pride Month, Joyce welcomes Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Commentator, Associate Editor of “The Washington Post,” and anchor of “The Saturday/Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” on MSNBC and Jason Mida, President and CEO of Mida Associates, to the show. The guests will be celebrating June as Pride Month and sharing their personal stories with listeners.



Karen Hanlon: Highmark Health’s Commitment to Diverse Workforce

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce is proud to have back Highmark Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Karen Hanlon. She will explain her commitment to hiring people with disabilities as a diverse part of their workforce.



Encore Diego Mariscal: Disability Advocate & Entrepreneur Helps Others

Tue, 04 Jun 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Diego Mariscal, CEO and Chief Disabled Officer of 2Gether-International, a nonprofit organization that develops advocacy campaigns to empower and unify young people with disabilities. Mr. Mariscal uses communication technology to engage youth with and without disabilities around issues such as education, employment, and entrepreneurship. He will share his passion for helping those with disabilities.



Chris Soukup: Making Communication A Priority for Deaf Community

Tue, 28 May 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Chris Soukup, CEO of Communication Services for the Deaf. Mr. Soukup, a 2001 graduate of Gallaudet University, has held diverse and progressively responsible positions with CSD since the mid-1990s. Since 2005, he has been a member of CSD’s executive leadership team and was appointed by the CSD Board of Directors to lead this organization as chief executive officer in 2014. He will discuss how this organization makes communication access a top priority for the deaf community.



Diego Mariscal: Disability Advocate & Entrepreneur Helps Others

Tue, 21 May 2024 07:00:00 GMT

Joyce welcomes Diego Mariscal, CEO and Chief Disabled Officer of 2Gether-International, a nonprofit organization that develops advocacy campaigns to empower and unify young people with disabilities. Mr. Mariscal uses communication technology to engage youth with and without disabilities around issues such as education, employment, and entrepreneurship. He will share his passion for helping those with disabilities.



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