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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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