Disability Activist Judith Heumann

How We Move Forward: The Fight for Disability Justice

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 4:00pm

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UCSB Women’s CenterUCSB Reads 2021UCSB Disabled Students Program (DSP), and UCSB Multicultural Center presents a discussion with disability rights activist Judith "Judy" Heumann on the intersections of the disability rights movement, feminism, and the civil rights movement. 

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a “fire hazard” at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination.