Honoring the Life and Work of Judy Heumann

March 6, 2023
Source: Southeast ADA Center and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI)

Judith “Judy” Heumann

Judy HeumanFew individuals in the disability rights and justice movement had the impact of our friend, colleague, and collaborator, Judy Heumann. The Southeast ADA Center, the Burton Blatt Institute, and the Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RIEP RRTC) join with disability rights organizations across the country and around the world in expressing our sorrow at her passing. Our thoughts are with Judy’s husband Jorge and with her family and friends in this difficult time. We have included below a list of memorials and remembrances of Judy, as well as links to our past collaborations with her, including her Section 504 at 50 interview and her guest episodes on our ADA Live! podcast.

Judy’s impact on the world will inspire generations to come.

Obituary and Memorial Service

Information on the Memorial Service for Judy Heumann
Her memorial service will be livestreamed on the Internet on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time.

The World Mourns the Passing of Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist
Source: Judith Heumann’s Website
Link: judithheumann.com/the-world-mourns-the-passing-of-judy-heumann-disability-rights-activist
Lea este comunicado de prensa en español
Link: judithheumann.com/pressreleasespanish

Southeast ADA Center Interviews with Judy Heumann

Section 504@50 Episodes

Section 504@50 Podcast – A Conversation with Judy Heumann | Resources
Recorded on June 2, 2022. Accessible transcript available.
Podcast: section504at50.org/episodes/judy-heumann
Resources: section504at50.org/resources/judy-heumann

Note: You can access all Section 504@50 episodes with audio, accessible transcripts, and resources at section504at50.org.

ADA Live! Episodes

ADA Live! Podcast – Episode 107: Breaking Barriers for Disability Rights: Historical Reflections with Judy Heumann | Resources
Note: We first spoke with Judy Heumann in June 2020. The June 2020 resource list was updated in July 2022 for our new interview.
Source: Southeast ADA Center (July 6, 2022)
Podcast: adalive.org/episodes/episode-107
Resources: adalive.org/resources/episode-107-resources

ADA Live! Podcast – Episode 82: History and the Future of Disability Rights: A Conversation with Judy Heumann | Resources
Source: Southeast ADA Center (June 3, 2020)
Podcast: adalive.org/episodes/episode-82
Resources: adalive.org/resources/episode-82-resources

Note: You can access all ADA Live! episodes with archived audio, accessible transcripts, and resources at ADAlive.org. Listen on the SoundCloud ADA Live! channel at soundcloud.com/adalive.

Tributes to Judy Heumann

Activist Judy Heumann Led a Reimagining of What It Means to Be Disabled
Listen on All Things Considered [Audio file]
Source: National Public Radio (NPR)
Link: npr.org/2023/03/04/1161169017/disability-activist-judy-heumann-dead-75

Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at Age 75
Source: Associated Press
Link: apnews.com/article/judy-heumann-disability-rights-dies-fcecc5f0cf58cfc8da7ea72da929af77

HHS Mourns the Loss of Disability Rights Leader Judy Heumann
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Link: hhs.gov/about/news/2023/03/06/hhs-mourns-loss-disability-rights-leader-judy-heumann.html

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Passing of Judith Heumann
Source: The White House
Link: whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/03/05/statement-from-president-joe-biden-on-the-passing-of-judith-heumann

U.S. Access Board Mourns Passing of Disability Rights Leader Judy Heumann
Source: U.S. Access Board
Link: access-board.gov/news/2023/03/06/u-s-access-board-mourns-passing-of-disability-rights-leader-judy-heumann

Tribute to Judy Heumann
Source: Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Link: dredf.org/2023/03/05/in-memory-of-judy-heumann-1947-2023

A Life Well Lived – Our Friend Judy
Source: ABLE South Carolina
Link: able-sc.org/resource-library/community/a-life-well-lived-our-friend-judy

Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at Age 75
Source: Washington Post
Link: washingtonpost.com/politics/judy-heumann-disability-rights-dies/2023/03/05/a1d79fec-bb13-11ed-b0df-8ca14de679ad_story.html

U.S. Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann Dies Aged 75
Source: BBC
Link: bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-64854839

Human Rights Watch Mourns Loss of Judy Heumann
Source: Human Rights Watch
Link: hrw.org/news/2023/03/06/human-rights-watch-mourns-loss-judy-heumann

Other Stories About Judy Heumann

How a Law to Protect Disabled Americans Became Imitated Around the World
Listen on All Things Considered (July 24, 2015)
Source: National Public Radio (NPR)
Link: npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/07/24/425607389/how-a-law-to-protect-disabled-americans-became-imitated-around-the-world

A Brief But Spectacular Take on the Disability Rights Movement
Video: Four minutes; includes transcript
Source: PBS Newshour (October 21, 2021)
Link: pbs.org/newshour/show/a-brief-but-spectacular-take-on-the-disability-rights-movement

‘It Was Like Freedom:’ How A Camp for Disabled Children Changed Lives
Video: Five minutes, thirteen seconds; includes transcript
Source: PBS Newshour (April 22, 2021)
Link: pbs.org/newshour/show/it-was-like-freedom-how-a-camp-for-disabled-children-changed-lives

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