Judy Heumann, American disability rights activist died from a heart attack

Judy Heumann Death – An American disability rights activist has passed away unexpectedly. Judy Heumann, an internationally recognized disability advocate died from a heart attack today, Saturday, the 4th of March 2023. She was 75 years old at the time of her passing. Sending love and prayers to the world, with gratitude for the love, life lessons and empowerment she breathed into the disability rights movement around the world.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) wrote on their Facebook page:

Rest in peace and light Judy Heumann. The members of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children are eternally grateful for your activism and leadership. “If you don’t demand what you believe in for yourself, you’re not gonna get it”. We will carry your wisdom to future generations.

Who was Judy Heumann?

Judith Ellen “Judy” Heumann was born on December 18, 1947, in Brooklyn to German-Jewish immigrants. From 9 to 18, she attended Camp Jened in Hunter, New York, for disabled children. Heumann graduated from Long Island University in 1969. She also earned a Master of Science degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. Heumann began advocating for disability rights at Long Island University. She protested with other disabled and non-disabled students for ramps and dorms. Heumann studied speech therapy.


She advocated for disabled Americans. She was a disability leader worldwide. Heumann championed disability rights throughout his life. Since the 1970s, her work with governments, NGOs, non-profits, and other disability interest groups has helped develop human rights legislation and policies for children and adults with disabilities. Heumann mainstreamed disability rights into international development at the World Bank and State Department.

Her work spread independent living worldwide. She was a Ford Foundation Senior Fellow and Clinton and Obama administration official. The 2020 Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution featured Judy’s story. With Kristen Joiner, she published Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist in 2020. Rolling Warrior is the YA version. Judy hosts and produces The Heumann Perspective, a podcast and YouTube channel about disability changemakers.

No plans have been announced for Judy Heumann obituary and funeral yet.

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