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Being Heumann

In this unrepentant memoir of one of the most influential disability rights activists, Judith Heumann, tells her story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.
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English — US

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  • English & Language Arts
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Resistance

By Judith Heumann and Kristen Joiner
(Penguin Random House)

A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn’t built for all of us and of one woman’s activism—from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington—Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann’s lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society.

Paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy’s struggle for equality began early in life. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people.

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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Date of Publication: February 2020

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