A Conversation with Judith Heumann

At Centene Corporation (7700 Forsyth, St. Louis, MO 63105 ) Tuesday, November 14 

5:30-7:00 P.M.   


About Judith Heumann  

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. Heumann is currently a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation.  

Public Service  

Most recently, Heumann served as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 – 2017 under the Obama Administration.  

Prior to this Heumann served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia from 2007-2010, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.  

Heumann served as the World Bank’s first Adviser on Disability and Development from 2001-2006. In this position she helped the Bank include disability in discussions with client countries.  Heumann improved policies, programs, and projects that allow disabled people around the world to live and work in the economic and social mainstream. She was Lead Consultant to the Global Partnership for Disability and Development 2006-2007.

Heumann served more than 8 million Americans with disabilities in her role as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education in the Clinton Administration from 1993 through 2001. She was responsible for the implementation of legislation at the national level for programs in special education, disability research, vocational rehabilitation and independent living.  

Early Years  

Heumann co-founded the World Institute on Disability with Ed Roberts and Joan Leon and served as its Deputy from 1981-1993. 

She moved from Brooklyn, New York to Berkeley to attend graduate school and helped to cofound the Berkeley Center for Independent Living where she served as its Deputy Director and then on its Board from 1973-1993.
Heumann graduated from Long Island University in 1969 and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She was the first teacher to be hired by the New York Board of Education after suing to obtain her license.  


Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, 

Max Starkloff Lifetime Achievement Award; 

InterAction Disability Inclusion Award; 

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University in Brooklyn; 

Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign; 

Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Toledo. 

Heumann has worked on the domestic and international front to advance human rights for people with disabilities for more than 45 years. She has been active with Disabled Peoples’ International, Rehabilitation International and numerous Independent Living Centers throughout the world.  

In addition to her fellowship at the Ford Foundation, Heumann social media project, The Heumann Perspective, is intended to broaden and spur discussions on the intersectionality of disability rights. 

Centene Corporation 

Tuesday, November 14 

5:30-7:00 P.M.   

7700 Forsyth, St. Louis, MO 63105 


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