9780807019504

Being Heumann

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807019504

  • ISBN10:

    080701950X

  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-02-25
  • Publisher: Beacon Pr

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Summary

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

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 administration to implement protections for disabled peoples’ rights, sparking a national movement and leading to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Candid, intimate, and irreverent, Judy Heumann’s memoir about resistance to exclusion invites readers to imagine and make real a world in which we all belong.

Author Biography

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the Disability Rights Independent Living Movement. Her work with a wide range of activist organizations (including the Berkeley Center for Independent Living and the American Association of People with Disabilities), NGOs, and governments since the 1970s has contributed greatly to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. She has advocated for disability rights at home and abroad, serving in the Clinton and Obama administrations and as the World Bank’s first adviser on disability and development. Connect with her on Twitter (@judithheumann) and Facebook (TheHeumannPerspective).

Kristen Joiner is an award-winning entrepreneur in the global nonprofit and social change sector. Her writing on empowerment, inclusion and human rights has been published in numerous outlets including the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Connect with her on Twitter (@kristenjoiner).

Table of Contents

A Note from Judy
Prologue

PART ONE: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 1953

CHAPTER 1
The Butterfly

CHAPTER 2
Insubordinate

CHAPTER 3
To Fight or Not to Fight

CHAPTER 4
Fear of Flying

PART TWO: BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, 1977

CHAPTER 5
Detained

CHAPTER 6
Occupation Army

CHAPTER 7
Soldiers in Combat

CHAPTER 8
The White House

PART THREE: BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, 1981

CHAPTER 9
The Reckoning

CHAPTER 10
Chingona

CHAPTER 11
Humans

CHAPTER 12
Our Story

Acknowledgments
Notes

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