All Community Read

Resources and events that help bring educators, students, and community members together to experience the power of shared reading.

We are heartbroken to learn about the passing of disability rights activist Judy Heumann. Thank you for being a friend to Facing History and for changing the world.

About the Author

Judith Heumann is one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history.

Read Along with Us

Literature has the power to nurture our capacity for empathy and to strengthen our communities. Our All Community Read events harness this power and bring together people from across our network – educators, students, staff, and supporters – to build shared understanding, create a shared experience, and open up conversations that connect to our mission and work.

For the 2022-23 school year, we have selected Judith Heumann’s memoir, Being Heumann, an Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, and its companion young adult adaptation, Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution, as the texts for our All Community Read. Throughout the year, we will be hosting a series of events and sharing resources that will support educators as they bring Heumann’s story into their classrooms.

Change never happens at the pace we think it should. It happens over years of people joining together, strategizing, sharing, and pulling all the levers they possibly can.
— Judith Heumann

Learning for Everyone

We will be offering professional learning events for educators and special virtual discussions for students, supporters, and members of our learning community throughout the year to support this All Community Read, including a virtual author keynote with Judy Heumann.

Get started with an on-demand introduction to Heumann’s memoir.

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About the Books

Heumann’s story recounts moments from her coming of age as a polio survivor and her lifelong work as a disability rights activist. These memoirs raise important questions about how we create communities of inclusion and belonging and how young people can learn to stand up when they see injustice and unfairness.

Being Heumann

In this powerful memoir, Judy Heumann tells her story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human. Buy or check availability to borrow the book.

Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

In this young readers’ edition of her acclaimed memoir, Being Heumann, Judy Heumann shares her journey of battling for equal access in an unequal world. Buy or check availability to borrow the book.

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