Module 1 – Disability Rights & Justice

1.2 The Lived Experience with Judy Heumann

Judith Heumann is a globally recognized disability rights advocate and champion for civil rights. Her experience of having a disability and the challenges that she has overcome provide a first-hand account of how disability relates to justice and human rights.

Judith is featured in the film Crip Camp. Crip Camp is the story of one group of people and captures one moment in time. There are hundreds of other equally important stories from the disability rights movement that have not yet received adequate attention. Learn more at

Essential Questions

When viewing the video, focus on answering the following questions:

  • Are persons with disabilities different from other people in society? If so, how?
  • How have laws and standards changed the lived experience of persons with disabilities?
  • How does this experience affect identities, lifestyles, and preferences?