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Q&A: Disability Activist vs. NYC Board of Education

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Q: What Disability Rights activist sued the New York City Board of Education for denying them a teaching license?

A: Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann sued the New York City Board of Education when she was denied her teaching license. They said that her wheelchair was a fire hazard – the same reason given to keep her from attending her neighborhood school in kindergarten. Judy went on to be a leader in the Independent Living Movement where she oversaw the Education and Vocational Rehabilitation programs for the federal government.

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Judy Heumann

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