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Lunch listening sessions focus on ADA history

Judith Heumann
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Disability rights activist Judy Heumann, recently featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Crip Camp,” will kick off a series of weekly Lunch and Learn webinar sessions on July 6 in recognition of the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Hosted by the Oregon Disabilities Commission and the Northwest ADA Center, the free weekly sessions will be held virtually to allow more Oregonians to have access to this important information.

In addition to Huemann, the series will feature top accessibility advocates as well as equity and crisis experts.

Among them are Russell Lehmann, an award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker; artist Sabine Rear; Erin Taylor, health promotion coordinator for the OHSU Oregon Office on Disability and Health; and Rebecca Bolante, director of, which provides training on dealing with critical events.

Heumann’s session is the first of four free weekly Lunch and Learn sessions. The topics and schedule for the July events, all of which will be from noon to 1 p.m., are as follows:

Tuesday, July 6: Heumann’s “History of the ADA & Section 504.”

Tuesday, July 13: Lehmann speaks on behavioral health.

Tuesday, July 20: “Equity: Intersectionality, Social Construction of Disabilities, & Disability Justice” by Taylor.

Tuesday, July 27: “Inclusive Emergency Planning and COVID-19 Equity” by Bolante, Glenna Hayes of UCP Connections and Tom Stenson of Disability Rights Oregon.

Oregon Disabilities Commission has information at

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