A universal soldier

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March 22, 2012 11:56

US State Department official Heumann says Israel still has a long way to go to see full inclusion for people with disabilities.




Judith E. Heumann

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She’s one of numerous special advisers US President Barack Obama employs to keep abreast of specific issues, but Judith E. Heumann, who travels the globe to help develop US foreign policy vis-à-vis people with disabilities, clearly stands out from many of the others who have visited the region on official state business.

Not only does the 64-year-old Brooklyn native advocate for the rights of the disabled and continually push for wider social inclusion for them, she also leads by example and despite her own disability – she has been in a wheelchair most of her life. Heumann makes sure to go out into the field and hear from as many people as possible.

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