Judy Heumann — Leader in the Disability Rights Movement

Judy Heumann: “if you haven’t seen the movie Crip Camp, which is out on Netflix, I encourage you to look at it.”

Heumann’s story is the story of many people with disabilities: lives limited due to discrimination. And it is what she’s crusaded against for decades. The fruits of her success are abundant: She helped usher in the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and served in the Clinton administration as an Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. She was the World Bank Group’s first Advisor on Disability and Development and later was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Special Advisor on International Disability Rights for the State Department—the first person to hold such a position. She’s also been actively involved for years in the independent living disability rights movement in the US and around the world. Of late, she’s written a memoir, Being HeumannAn Unrepentent Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

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