Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann is a disability rights activist and politician who is known for her pivotal work in community organizing, disability rights policy development, and globalizing the Independent Living Movement. In 1977, she was one of the main organizers who led the 504 sit-ins, which caused Joseph Califano the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to sign this landmark legislation. Under the Clinton Administration, Heumann served as the Assistant Secretary to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation. She also served as the Special Advisor on Disability Rights for the U.S. State Department under President Barak Obama.

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