Webinar: Building a grassroots disability rights movement together!

09 Nov 2021
On 17th November The Atlas Alliance will engage with Judith Heumann, Neil Jacobson and Denise Jacobson, disability rights leaders who have worked on the theme of disability inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities for many decades. Recently their disability rights struggle was documented in a documentary feature titled "Crip Camp" which was nominated for the Oscars in 2021.

Judith Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New YorkHer parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child. Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination.  

Today, Judith is an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community. She is author (with Kristen Joiner) of “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist. Senior Fellow, at the Ford Foundation (2017-2019), and she has written “Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media”. Judith served in both the Obama and Clinton Administrations. Featured in “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution”, a 2020 American award-winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production.  

Denise and Neil Jacobson are part of the team that helped make the documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution”. Denise was also the story consultant for Crip Camp. Denise and Neil have cerebral palsy, the couple met at Camp Jened as teens in 1968, they married in 1983 and adopted their son in 1987. Denise is a writer and disability educator. She is the author of «The Question of David: A Disabled Mother’s Journey Through Adoption, Family, and Life”.  

Neil is the founder and CEO of Abilicorp, a business innovation consulting company. Abilicorp’s mission is to significantly increase the employment rate of people with disabilities by promoting entrepreneurs with disabilities and eliminating employment barriers. Neil has always been an advocate and change agent for the economic development of people with disabilities. In 1975 Neil co-founded the CIL Computer Training Program, a nationally recognized training program, enabling people with significant disabilities to become computer programmers. Neil also founded the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Data Processing and helped create the Neil Jacobson Computer Center in Uganda. He has served on the boards of The World Institute on Disability and RespectAbility.

Gagan Chhabra Project Manager Inclusion at The Atlas Alliance will host the event. 

The event will be fully accessible with international sign language interpretation, live captioning service and language interpretation into French, Portuguese and Nepali. 

Zoomlink https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87351161388

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