Civil Rights Leaders

Dr. Maya Sabatello — Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture Project Columbia University 

Maya Sabatello is an associate professor of clinical bioethics at Columbia University, and a long time disability rights advocate. ABILITY’s Chet Cooper caught up with her to discuss disability advocacy work. Chet Cooper: What motivated you to get into this field? Maya Sabatello: I did not grow up in the United States and I ... Read more

Judy Heumann — Leader in the Disability Rights Movement

Judy Heumann: “if you haven’t seen the movie Crip Camp, which is out on Netflix, I encourage you to look at it.” Heumann’s story is the story of many people with disabilities: lives limited due to discrimination. And it is what she’s crusaded against for decades. The fruits of her success are abundant: She ... Read more

John R. Johnson, PhD. — South Dakota Center for Disabilities’ Director of Research and Development.

John R. Johnson, PhD, started as a Special Education teacher in Ohio and Kentucky before completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois. John worked as a Research Associate at the Transition Research Institute and later as the Director of Evaluation for the National Transition Alliance. John worked at the Institute for Community Inclusion ... Read more

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health: Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions

One out of five people in the US – a total of 51.5 million – live with a mental health condition, including common illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Although the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has improved the lives of many disabled people, the mental health community still faces ... Read more

Judy Heumann

Judith Heumann has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, herself included. She’s not only been at the forefront of great strides in the disability rights movement, she’s led the charge. Born in Brooklyn in 1947, she was paralyzed after contracting polio as a toddler. Denied the right to ... Read more

Pulling Back the Curtain with Judy Heumann

When I was five years old, I was deemed a fire hazard. Like millions of American children that year, I was entering kindergarten. It was 1952 in Brooklyn, NY and my mother was taking me to my neighborhood school to make sure everything would go smoothly on the big first day. It didn’t. The ... Read more

The Coelho Center & LCA hosted an Executive Leadership Roundtable and Flash Mentoring at LMU

The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation along with Lights! Camera! Access! hosted an Executive Leadership Roundtable, an engaging day of discussion, support and entertainment at the Playa Vista Campus of Loyola Marymount University. “Accessible Technology: Products, Services and the 21st Century Workforce.” The day included workshops, resume support and the wealth ... Read more