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The Heumann-Armstrong Award: Empowering Students with Disabilities

Penn State alumnus Elijah Armstrong founded Equal Opportunities for Students and established the Heumann-Armstrong Award—a scholarship for students with disabilities, in the 6th grade or older, who have experienced and combated ableism in education. In addition to a monetary award, students are interviewed and their stories are illustrated by a group of disabled artists from the Access Gallery. Elijah discusses the award, shares the incident in his high school math class that launched his career as a disability rights advocate, and reflects on the loss of Judy Heumann, the “mother of the disability rights movement.”


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