Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
ISBN: 0807002801
EAN13: 9780807002803
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 23, 2021
Pages: 232
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

.an essential and engaging look at recent disability history.-- Buzzfeed

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

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.

As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in San Francisco as a leader of the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a governmental building in US history. Working with a community of over 150 disabled activists and allies, Judy successfully pressured the Carter Read More chevron_right

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