Monday, June 18, 2007

D.C. disability director brings firsthand experience

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has nominated Judith E. Heumann to lead the new Department of Disability Services. Heumann, who had polio when she was 18 months old, uses a wheelchair and has a personal assistant to aid her. (By Sarah L. Voisin -- The Washington Post)

Judith E. Heumann, who has been nominated to lead Washington, D.C., schools' disability services, uses a wheelchair and has long been an advocate for those with disabilities. "I don't see disability as a tragedy," she said. "I look at it like, 'What do people need in order to be able to live their life like anybody else?' " The Washington Post

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