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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy Heumann’s struggle for equality began early in life. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people.

As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in San Francisco as a leader of the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a governmental building in US history. Working with a community of over 150 disabled activists and allies, Judy successfully pressured the Carter administration to implement protections for disabled peoples’ rights, sparking a national movement and leading to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn’t built for all of us. Candid, intimate, and irreverent, Judy Heumann’s memoir about resistance to exclusion invites readers to imagine and make real a world in which we all belong.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Judith Heumann, Kristen Joiner
ISBN 0807019291
Publication Date Feb 25, 2020
Publisher Beacon Press
Language English