On the Passing of a True Titan: Judy Heumann
CP Unlimited joins with the many who express their deep condolences on the passing of pioneering disability-rights advocate Judy Heumann.
Personally and passionately involved in the passage of a series of groundbreaking legislation to help win equal rights and accommodations for people with disabilities and people who use wheelchairs, she lived and breathed the CP mission to create opportunities for people with I/DD to achieve fulfilling lives. And, as a leading organization in the field, we were fortunate to have a personal connection to Ms. Heumann.
From the article linked below: “During her youth, Ms. Heumann was a camper and counselor at Camp Jened, a summer camp for disabled people in the Catskills that, in 2020, became the subject of [the Oscar-nominated] ‘Crip Camp.’ The camp, which was founded in 1951 and closed in 1977, was exceptional for providing disabled children with experiences so common for others…”
Given that CP Unlimited became the proud owner of Camp Jened when it moved to Rock Hill, NY, we had a hand in working with the wonderful Ms. Heumann in shaping that experience and seeing her vision come to light for hundreds of people.
Her legacy will live on and we are proud to have known Judy Heumann as a friend of CP Unlimited.
To read more about her remarkable career and work, we invite you to see the obituary at The New York Times or her website.