Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is conducting a hearing today on the Department on Disability Services (DDS), among other topics. That means that Judith Heumann is in the building. Heumann is the director of DDS and a wheelchair user. As far as access to these hearings, Heumann has never had a problem getting into the building and up to the 4th floor hearing room.
However! Her wheelchair has been too big to fit under the witness table in the hearing chamber, meaning she’s had difficulty scooting up to the microphone. When presented with this situation, D.C. Council staffers are forced to jury-rig a solution. This time, they put old budget books under the legs of the witness table, elevating it enough for Heumann to get into position.
—By Mike DeBonis