Advocate and author Judith Heumann (Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist) discusses her book and her life’s work in conversation with John Wodatch. Through Being Heumann, one of the most influential disability rights activists in U.S. history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below or simply make plans to watch on The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on

This event will include live-captioning and a sign language interpreter.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, UVA Bookstore.

“Thoughtful and illuminating, this inspiring story is a must-read for activists and civil rights supporters.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A driving force in the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act looks back on a long career of activism… A welcome account of politics in action, and for the best of causes.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A moving chronicle of social change, Being Heumann will restore your hope in our democracy and the power of our shared humanity.“ —Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation

Community Partners

Thanks to our community partners for sharing information about this event: Disability Advocacy & Action Committee at UVA, Disability Studies Initiative at UVA, and UVA Student Disability Access Center


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