Judy Heumann was a major American Civil Rights hero who battled prejudice and discrimination to gain equal opportunity for all persons with disabilities. She passed away on March 4, 2023. Having contracted polio as a young child, she fought for inclusion in everyday activities and as a student led disability rights protests at Long Island University. In 1970 she won a lawsuit against the New York City Board of Education for denying her a teacher’s license because of her disability.
Lomax-Ghirarduzzi, Mary J., "On the passing of Judy Heumann, a Disability Rights Activist Hero" (2023). Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Publications. 17.