On Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m.

An exclusive live Q&A with Judy Heumann, moderated by New's 12 Reporter and Moderator, Michelle Brown. Hear from special guests including Tony Award-Winning Actress and Singer Ali Stroker, Executive Director of the CIDNY, Susan Dooha, and more!

Additionally, experience a cooking demo presented by Chef Joe Brefere, Chef & Instructor at the Culinary Tech Center.

Special appearances by:
Tony Award-Winning Actress, 
Ali Stroker
New 12 Reporter and Moderator, 
Michelle Brown
The Hudson Valley's Favorite Weatherman, Joe Rao, as the MC
Executive Director, 
Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, 
Susan Dooha
and more!
 
 
Event Contact: Chatham Greenfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 914-968-4717 ext. 118
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON OCTOBER 20TH 2020 6:30 PM
JOIN WDOMI IN CELEBRATING DISABILITIESWITH INTERNATIONAL DISABIILITY RIGHTS ACTIVIST JUDY HEUMANN
 
October 9, 2020 (Westchester County, NY) – Westchester Disabled on the Move (WDOMI) will be joined by Tony award-winning Broadway star Ali Stroker, eight-time Emmy nominated meteorologist Joe Rao, and more in a virtual Zoom event to celebrating the accomplishments of disability rights icon Judy Heumann. Judy was denied her NY teaching license in 1970. The Board of Education felt a teacher in a wheelchair was a danger to students if there was a fire. Judy sued. Judy won. She became the first NYC teacher who uses a wheelchair. Judy made history again when she led the famous 504 sit-in that led to the 504 Rehabilitation Act’s passing, the first disability civil rights law in the United States. She was one of the early initiators of the Independent Living Movement that laid the foundation for centers like WDOMI. She went on to serve in both the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations. To learn more about her stellar accomplishments, check out her memoir Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, the Netflix documentary Crip Camp, produced by Michelle and Barack Obama, and read WDOMI’s article “Hello Judy” , full of information and resources about her decades of disability rights advocacy. The hour-long virtual event will be emceed by the former Chief Meteorologist of News 12 Westchester, Joe Rao, and includes a live Q&A with Judy, moderated by News 12 Reporter Michelle Brown, where the attendees will have the opportunity to ask Judy questions.
 
Be sure to register for the Zoom event via Eventbrite. You can also tune in on Facebook live at Facebook.com/WDOMI
 
Activists like Judy Heumann paved the way to making it possible for the 41 Independent Living Centers in NYS and the over 400 throughout the United States that support People with Disabilities. They provide the support needed to not only survive but thrive in their community and not be institutionalized. Susan Dooha, Executive Director of CIDNY – the largest NYS Independent Living Center – will share at the event why the Independent Living Centers are especially crucial today. Ali Stroker won her Tony award for playing Ado Annie in the acclaimed revival of Oklahoma! In doing so, she made history as the first person in a wheelchair to ever win a Tony. But equally great is her role as Judy Heumann in Comedy Central’s Drunk History: Judy Heumann’s Fight for Disability Rights. The actress and singer will make a special appearance during the event to talk about her connection to Judy and more.” Few of us can say that we have affected the lives, improved the lives of millions – Judy can.” WDOMI Executive Director Maria Samuels says. “She would never do that though, but we can, and we will, on October 20th.”
 
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