Remembering Judith Heumann, Disability Rights Activist

Created by Linda Tripp, collection development librarian

Judy Heumann, an influential and internationally recognized leader in the Disability Rights Independent Living Movement, passed away on March 4. Heumann, who had contracted polio as a child, worked tirelessly for the development and implementation of legislation to end discrimination against all those with disabilities, including Section 504, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, and was the World Bank’s first adviser on disability and development. Heumann was 75. Learn more about the incredible determination and life of the “mother of disability rights” with these books from the Library’s adult and youth collections:

The influential disability rights activist recounts her lifelong battles for education, employment and societal inclusion, in a personal account that includes coverage of her role in advising the Carter administration to help create the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

A picture book biography for younger children, celebrating the life and work of disability rights activist and icon Judith Heumann and highlighting one of her landmark achievements–leading the historic 504 Sit-in in 1977.

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her story of fighting to belong in this adaptation of Heumann’s memoir for young readers.