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Judith “Judy” Heumann— widely regarded as “the mother” of the disability rights movement— passed away in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2023.

Judith "Judy" Heumann (1947-2023) was a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She was a leader in the historical 1977 Section 504 Sit-In and instrumental in the development and implementation of other legislation, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She served in the Clinton and Obama Administration and was a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation. 

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