Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Beacon. Feb. 2020. 232p. ISBN 9780807019290. $25.95. MEMOIR
Heumann shares her story as a lifelong disability rights advocate, from her mother’s fight for her daughter’s right to get an education to Heumann’s time in the White House as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights. In this memoir, she shares her frustrations at a world that was not built with everyone in mind, a world that frequently sought to exclude her and others like her from active participation in society. Instead of stewing in frustration, Heumann embarked on a lifelong journey to dismantle the ableist society and create a more accessible world. Heumann’s personality shines throughout. Her voice is witty, persistent, and at times irreverent as she immerses readers in her story and highlights how similar we all are. Her tale is one of perseverance against discrimination, and the right of all people to pursue a full and fulfilling life.
VERDICT Ideal for readers interested in the history of the disability rights movement and the impact of personal activism.

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