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Following the minority group model, many people with disabilities have devoted themselves to speaking out for all people with disabilities. Judy Huemann is one such leader. Judy spent many years speaking out for the needs of people with disabilities and was part of a group with disabilities who staged a protest in 1977 and took over the regional offices of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in San Francisco for three weeks. Judy and other people with disabilities took this action because the federal government was delaying action on making all of its programs accessible to people with disabilities. When Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, he asked Judy to direct the office that was in charge of special education programs throughout the United States. Read more about Judy Huemann.

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