Americans with Disabilities Act

Remembering the Mother of the Disability Rights Movement

By Abigail Bodden, age 10 Judy Heumann, known as “the mother” of the disability rights movement, passed away on March 5, 2023. Heumann was a lifelong advocate for disability rights internationally. In 1977, she led a 26-day sit-in in San Francisco, which paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which now protects disabled …

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