Reflecting on the Paralympics and Rising Phoenix with Paralympian Jessica Heims

Hello APE podcast listeners and welcome to another episode/post on the What's New in APE platform! For this episode, I was able to bring back Paralympian Jessica Heims to talk about how COVID-19 has disrupted the 2020 Paralympics, and how this organization and herself are working towards 2021. In addition, we discuss living with a disability during COVID-19, and the recent films Rising Phoenix and Crip Camp and what they mean to the disability community.

Jessica is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Northern Iowa (the university I teach at!). She also currently competes on the University's track and field team as a discus thrower and sprinter. Furthermore, Jessica recently broke two world records in discus throwing. You can see the video here. To learn more about Jessica's background, you can read this article from Disabled Sports. In addition, you can follow Jessica on Twitter @Jessie_Heims.

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