Being Heumann


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 won a lawsuit against the New York City school system who denied her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis. 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.

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