A picture of Judith Heumann speaking on stage at a TED Talk. [Image Source: www.judithheumann.com]
Judith “Judy” Heumann— widely regarded as “the mother” of the disability rights movement— passed away in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2023.
Judith Heumann was a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation, such as Section 504, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She will forever be remembered as “the mother” of the disability rights movement.
Watch this beautiful video tribute about her from MSNBC. Rachel Maddow celebrates the life and accomplishments of Judy Heumann below.
“Because she made a fuss, Judy Heumann made everyone’s life better” (msnbc.com)