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Being Heumann: Library Resource Guide: Home

A library resource guide to the 2022 selection for One Book, One Region.

This summer first-year students at Connecticut College are reading Being Heumann, by Judith Heumann. This is part of the One Book, One Region initiative of Eastern Connecticut.

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The kickoff to the 20th Annual One Book One Region read was held at UCONN Avery Point on Tuesday, June 28th featuring guest speaker Jennifer L. Rudolph, Associate Professor of Sociology at Connecticut College. A recording of the event is below.


Each year, first-year students at Connecticut College engage in a shared summer reading along with their faculty, staff, and student advisers. The 2022 selection is Being Heumann, a memoir by disability rights activist Judith Heumann.


 Being HeumannBeing Heumann traces the story of Judith Heumann from childhood in Brooklyn, New York to her pivotal role in the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to her continued work today. Paralyzed with polio at eighteen months, Heumann’s activism began early in her life when she struggled to be allowed to attend Kindergarten in the New York City public schools.  Being Heumann reveals the long American history of injustice against disabled people, while affirming the power of activism to liberate and heal. 

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the Disability Rights Movement. 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. Meet Judy Heumann.



As part of the One Book, One Region initiative of New London County,author Judith Heumann will visit the campus to discuss her life’s work on September 22, 2022 in Palmer Auditorium.