Aloha, Center on Disability Studies (CDS) faculty/staff, attendees of the 38th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference, and friends:
It was with great sadness to hear the announcement of the passing of Judith Heumann, one of our generation’s best known international disability rights advocates. Judy elevated the voices of persons with disabilities around the world, as a person with true passion and purpose to improve the lives of all persons with disability. Her name is recognized worldwide as a strong advocate for the rights of persons with disability.
Judy was a friend and partner in many activities conducted by the Center on Disability Studies, including the Pacific Rim Conference. Even though she was never able to attend in person, she spoke at the conference several times. We were fortunate this year to tape a presentation by Judy as she was interviewed by John Tschida, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Excellence (AUCD) for the conference attendees. The video will be shown on Tuesday morning – please attend and celebrate Judy’s life with us…
On behalf of the Center on Disability Studies, Robert A. Stodden