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Judith Heumann

"In June of 2002, Judith E. Heumann was appointed as the World Bank's first Adviser on Disability and Development. In this position, Ms. Heumann, an internationally recognized expert on disability and diversity issues, leads the World Bank's disability work and highlights the importance of including disability in the Bank¹s discussions with client countries. Prior to her current position, she served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education from 1993-2000. Ms. Heumann was one of the co-founders of the World Institute on Disability. She also served as the Assistant National Secretary for the U.S. Council on International Rehabilitation (now the U.S. International Council on Disabilities). In addition, she has served on several local, national and international boards of directors and has received numerous awards for her work. Ms. Heumann is a graduate of Long Island University and received her Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley." www.usicd.org/bios/JHeumann.html

Theresia Degener

"Theresia Degener of Disabled People's International said the issue of the human rights of disabled people did not receive sufficient attention; an ombudsperson should be appointed. Concern arose that unethical experimentation carried out on disabled people continued in some countries. The resolution dealing firmly with the problem was welcome. In efforts to address racial discrimination and violence against women the situations of disabled people were not taken sufficiently into account. Such people were especially vulnerable, and often abuses took place in places of supposed treatment. Another serious concern was developments in eugenic and euthanasia laws that decreed that disabled people had no right to marry or reproduce, or even to live. Increasingly, disabled persons were regarded as too costly for society. Such attitudes must be changed." www.un.org/News/Press/docs/1996/19960404.hrcn727.html

Disabled Women and the Right to Health Care, by Theresia Degener

"Human Rights and Disabled Persons: Esays and Relevant Human Rights Instruments" by Theresia Degener, Yolan Koster-Dreese (Editor)


"The Global Picture and the European Situation Regarding Bioethics and Genetic Engineering" by Dr. Theresia Degener, legal adviser to the German Council of Centres for Self-Determined Living and lecturer at the Universities of Frankfurt, Mainz and Leipzig


Jans, L., & Stoddard, S. (1999) Chartbook on women and disability in the United States. Washington , DC : U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.




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