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28. A Life of Disability Activism with Judith Heumann, aka "Chingona"

In This Episode

In this episode, Diana interviews her long-time favorite, internationally-known, badass disability rights activist, widely known as the "Mother of the Disability Rights Movement," Judy Heumann. They discuss the importance of acknowledging our interdependence within the disability rights movement, and the importance of including disabled people within other social movements. Judy talks about what we should be focused on when it comes to disability awareness, and language related to disability, and how we should be thinking about inclusivity not just for students with disabilities, but for all marginalized groups. Finally, Diana and Judy have some fun with rapid fire questions at the end of the interview!

*Chingona means "Badass" in Spanish


Judith Heumann Bio & Website 


Links Mentioned or Related

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

The Heumann Perspective Podcast

Crip Camp Netflix Documentary Website

Crip Camp Netflix Documentary Free on You Tube

"Inspiration Porn" Defined by Stella Young TEDxTalk

Judy's Interview with Ady Barkan and Nick Bruckman on The Heumann Perspective

Ady Barkan, (Ady's "Be a Hero" campaign)

Nick Bruckman

"Not Going Quietly" Film

Itzhak Perlman World Class Violinist

Ali Stroker Actress

Marlee Matlin Actress


Stay Connected with Diana

Diana's Website, including blog

Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights - Diana's Children's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights Thematic Unit/ Disability History Lesson Plans

"Beyond Awareness" Digital Course

Diana's TEDx Talk

Beyond Awareness Facebook Page

Diana on Instagram

Beyond Awareness Tote Bag 

Beyond Awareness Pullover Hoodie

Beyond Awareness Raglan Baseball T-Shirt

Beyond Awareness Journal/Notebook

Diana's Teachers Pay Teachers Store - Disability as Diversity

Diana's Brand New Resource! Beyond Disability Awareness: An Educator's Guide, Published by National Professional Resources, Inc. (NPR, Inc.)


Credits and Image Description

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Special edition podcast cover in honor of Judy Heumann. Color photo of Judy Heumann, a woman with short brown hair, smiling, wearing glasses, and a royal blue blouse with burgundy flowers, while holding up her two books, Being Heumann, and Rolling Warrior, on her lap. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed. Podcast Guest: Judy Heumann."