Being Heumann An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

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From fighting for educational access as a young person, to laying the foundation of the Americans with Disabilities Act as an activist, to ultimately working in Washington to establish disability rights as human rights, Judy's story will inspire readers to continue to fight for an accessible world for all. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust surviving parents, Judy Heumann's fight for equal access began early in life. She fought her high school, who initially denied her a diploma because of her inability to participate in gym; she fought her college who described her as "a fire hazard;" and she filed a lawsuit against the New York City school system, who denied her a teacher's license because of her paralysis, which she won. As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco to demand protection for disabled peoples' rights, and organized what would be the longest takeover of a federal building in U.S. history. Judy's story is a powerful reminder of the hard-fought battle to lay the groundwork for disability rights: the right to receive an education, have a job, ensure mobility access, and to just be human. Her memoir is a call to action for us to continue to fight for equal rights for all.

Book information

ISBN: 9780807019290
Publisher: Beacon Press
Imprint: Beacon Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.4092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiv, 218
Weight: 410g
Height: 147mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 23mm