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’23 Group Learn: ‘Being Heumann,’ by celebrated incapacity rights activist

Judy Heuman

Judy Heumann, lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled folks and writer of the memoir Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of Incapacity Rightswould be the featured speaker for the annual Arlington Reads Collectively (ART) program in March, 2023.

The Robbins Library welcomes Heumann for a dialog about her life, her work, and her e-book on Sunday, March 19, at 3 pm Attendees can register on Zoom >>, or attend a livestream of the dialog within the Robbins Library Group Room.

Library guests can choose up copies of Being Heumann, rolling warriorand Combating For Sure! on the Robbins or Fox Department library, or request a replica by cellphone or on-line through the MLN catalog. Being Heumann and rolling warrior are additionally accessible in e book or audiobook through Libby. E-book discussions and different occasions will happen all through March. A full schedule of occasions and packages can be launched in early February and can be accessible on the library’s web site, robbinslibrary.org.

Arlingtonians could have an opportunity to study extra concerning the incapacity rights motion by means of this 12 months’s chosen ART title, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of Incapacity Rights by Judith Heumann and Kristen Joyner. Probably the most influential incapacity rights activists in US historical past, Heumann tells her story of combating for the correct to obtain an training, have a job, and simply be human. This e-book can also be accessible in a younger readers version, rolling warrior. The image e-book Combating for Sure! tells Judy’s story for younger readers and households.

Heumann a longtime activist

Heumann discovered her voice as an activist at a younger age and has labored in collaboration with different disabled folks to battle for entry, rights, and inclusion. Judy is now an internationally acknowledged chief within the incapacity rights neighborhood. “We’re so excited to welcome Judy,” says Anna Litten, director of libraries. “Judy’s story is about giving company to disenfranchised folks, constructing actions to drive change, and doing all of it with verve. Her story about her and her instance about her are actually exceptional.” Heumann’s story can also be featured within the Netflix movie, “Crip Camp.”

The Arlington Reads Collectively neighborhood learn program launched in 2002 as a means of bringing Arlington collectively by means of literature. The objective is to handle points, perceive variations and create connections by means of shared expertise. Group learn e-book choices are chosen by a committee of library employees and supporters, librarians from Arlington Public Colleges, members of the Range Process Group of Envision Arlington, and different neighborhood companions.

Group members nominated over thirty titles for the Arlington Reads Collectively choose over the summer season of 2022. The ART choice committee was tasked with narrowing the nominations down to at least one ART title. Rebecca Gruber, Chair of the Envision Arlington Range Process Group and ART choice committee member, says, “A part of being human is recognizing that we’re all in another way in a position, and nonetheless one is presently in a position will not be how one is in a position sooner or later. Studying Being Heumann made me way more conscious of that for each myself, my family members, and my neighbors. This e-book builds understanding and empathy to what being human actually means.”

Because of our sponsors

2023 Group companions for Arlington Reads Collectively packages embrace: the Arlington Libraries Basis, the Mates of Robbins Library, the Range Process Group of Envision Arlington, the Arlington Incapacity Fee, Arlington Public Colleges, the Arlington Human Rights Fee.

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This information announcement was revealed Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, based mostly on data from Anna Litten, director of libraries. Your Arlington volunteer Kim Haase helped put together it for publication.

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