Judith Heumann

American disability rights activist

Judith Heumann (born 18 December, 1947) is an American disability rights activist. She is recognized internationally as a leader in the disability community.


  • I was learning as my friends were, and people I didn't know around the country, that we had to be our own advocates, that we needed to fight back people's view that if you had a disability, you needed to be cured, that equality was not part of the equation. And we were learning from the Civil Rights Movement and from the Women's Rights Movement. We were learning from them about their activism and their ability to come together, not only to discuss problems but to discuss solutions. And what was born is what we call today the Disability Rights Movement.

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