The National Consumers League mourns death of Judith (Judy) Heumann, disability rights activist

March 6, 2023

Media contact: National Consumers League – Katie Brown,, 202-823-8442

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Consumers League is deeply saddened by the death of disability rights activist, Judy Heumann.  Known as “the mother” of the disability rights movement, Judy Heumann was at the vanguard of major disability rights demonstrations, helped spearhead the passage of disability rights legislation, founded national and international disability advocacy organizations, held senior federal government positions, co-authored a memoir, and was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.

National Consumer League Director of Health Policy, Robin Strongin, provided the following statement. “Judy’s fierce determination, tireless advocacy, and refusal to be defined by others, was instrumental in the development and implementation of national disability rights legislation, including Section 504, the individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Judy’s legacy will live on but we are saddened by the loss of this legendary champion.”



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