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 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.