Talks at Google: Putting a Disability Lens on Tech Work

Judith Heumann of the Ford Foundation

Judith Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. Speaking here to a group of Google software designers, Judith emphasizes that all of us, everyone in the world, is disabled in some capacity–whether by poor hearing or inability to process gluten or a more obvious physical or mental disability. She has lived most of her life in a wheelchair having contracted polio at 18 months of age. She was denied early schooling as a “fire hazard.” Even after graduating from Long Island University, she had to fight the education system in court to be allowed to teach. She advocates for the exposure of disabled people in companies as well as media, as a form of inclusion and essential to diversity.

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