“Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled” — NPR
On March 5, the world lost a bright and shining light. Judy Heumann, a lifelong disability rights activist passed away at the age of 75.
It is fitting that we remember her this month, during women’s history month.
Heumann contracted polio at the age of 2 but refused to let that stop her. Her activism led to new federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and the U.N.’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
A recent film, Crip Camp: A Disability Rights Movement highlights her role and leadership in championing the rights of those living with disabilities. This film is being added to AMWA’s film and medicine exhibit and is available for public educational screening at no additional cost.