Disabled people rights advocate Judy Heumann dies at 75 – Cause of death

This year, we lost another great soul. The long-time activist and advocate for the disability rights movement Judy Heumann passed away earlier today. She was 75. This article is intended to commemorate Heumann’s life and contributions as well as the cause of her death.

Judy Heumann’s death was confirmed by her social media team as well as her website

A few hours ago, her social media accounts confirmed the passing of the 75-year-old activist. Also, her official website judithheumann.com released an official statement along with her death.

Judy Heumann’s cause of death

Heumann’s death was poured with tons of tributes from everyone she helped through the years. In the decades-long fight for her cause, Judy was widely known as a true American hero.

Just 10 days ago, her team uploaded a video on her YouTube channel showing that she is as healthy as ever. Moreover, she and her team never disclosed any serious illnesses and was presumed healthy. Her family and friends believe she died peacefully of natural causes. But, the true cause of her death is not revealed as of this writing.

Who is Judy Heumann? (Remembering Judy and her accomplishments)

Judith “Judy” Heumann is a disability rights activist and leader who has dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Born in 1947 in Philadelphia, Judy had a congenital disability (polio) that affected her mobility, and she has used a wheelchair for most of her life. Despite facing discrimination and exclusion, Heumann has worked tirelessly to promote equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Some of Heumann’s notable achievements and contributions include:

  • Co-founding the Berkeley Center for Independent Living in 1972, which was the first center for independent living in the United States
  • Participating in the 504 Sit-In, a historic 26-day sit-in at the San Francisco Federal Building in 1977, which led to the creation of the first federal regulations protecting the rights of people with disabilities
  • Serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001

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  • Playing a key role in the development and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, and other areas of life
  • Serving as the World Bank’s first Advisor on Disability and Development from 2002 to 2007, where she worked to integrate disability issues into the Bank’s policies and programs
  • Author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist (2020), a book about Judy’s lifelong battle for the disabled rights movement.

Heumann continued to be a prominent voice in the disability rights movement. Numerous awards and honors have been received by Heumann for her work, including her induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2020. Additionally, a documentary titled “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” featured her life. This 2020 documentary highlighted the summer camp, Camp Jened, wherein Heumann first attended and then returned as a counselor years later.

We at Spiel Times offer our prayers to the late Judy Heumann. We, along with her bereaved family, friends, and fans, are hoping that Judy’s soul may rest in eternal peace. Did you find what you were looking for in this article? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. For more content, stay with us, here at Spiel Times.

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