Judith "Judy" Heumann (1947-2023) was an internationally recognized disability rights activist, widely regarded as “the mother” of the Disability Rights Movement. She was a leader in the historic Section 504 Sit-In of 1977 and instrumental in the development and implementation of other disability rights legislation. Judy worked in the Clinton and Obama Administrations, as an advisor at the World Bank, and as a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation. Judy's story is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution and her book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist.
Judy's Life in Her Own Words
Judy's memoir Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist was published in 2020. Shortly following was the Young Adult version, Rolling Warrior. Both were co-authored by Kristen Joiner. Oscar-winner Sian Heder is writing and directing a film adaptation of Being Heumann that was optioned by Apple.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
Judy's story is featured in the 2020 Oscar-nominated documentary, Crip Camp. Directed by Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. Available on Netflix and YouTube.