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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann 1984 Video Interview, Disability Rights Movement History

In a historic interview in Stockholm in January 1984 are Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann. Invited by Adolf Ratzka to participate in a three day conference on Independent Living in December 1983 their visit marks the beginning of the Independent Living Movement in Sweden. Ed and Judy had just co-founded the World Institute on Disability and were already prominent movement leaders in the US and internationally. For an account of their careers see the homepage of the World Institute on Disability.
In the interview the two leaders outline the Independent Living philosophy and its relevance for people with disabilities everywhere and show how our countries’ policies affect our ability as individuals with a disability to live and work in the community, have families of our own and take responsibility for our lives.


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Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann in 1984 interview from Independent Living Institute on Vimeo.
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The interview was produced by Marianne Gillgren.

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