Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

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Overview

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her story of fighting to belong in school and society -a powerful role model for young adults with a passion for activism

Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust surviving parents, Judy's fight for equal access began early in life. Judy fought her high school, who initially denied her a diploma because of her inability to participate in gym; she fought her college who described her as "a fire hazard"; and she filed a lawsuit against the New York City school system, who denied her a teacher's license because of her paralysis, which she won.

These battles for equality came to fruition when as a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco and organized what would be the longest takeover of a federal building in U.S. history. Demanding the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, protecting the rights of all people with disabilities, Judy led 150 disabled people in a sit-in.

Adapted from Being Heumann, this young adult edition introduces young readers to a transformative piece of American history through the lens of Judy's life—as she evolves from a teenager simply learning to survive high school to a woman who took on the U.S. government and continues to promote rights for people with disabilities in the U.S. and across the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807003596
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 112,340
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the Disability Rights Independent Living Movement. She has served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, and she was the World Bank's first adviser on disability and development. Heumann is the author of a memoir, Being Heumann, and her story was featured in the Netflix documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020). Connect with her on Twitter (@judithheumann) and Facebook (TheHeumannPerspective).

Kristen Joiner
is a writer and activist who tries to tell stories that change how people see the world. Her writing on exclusion, inequality, and social change has been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stuff and other outlets. She lives in New Zealand with her family.

Table of Contents

Prologue

PART ONE

CHAPTER ONE
Yelling at blank walls

CHAPTER TWO
Time for rest hour, kids

CHAPTER THREE
Sorry, if you could just hide behind everyone else that would be great

CHAPTER FOUR
If you’re not busy, can you help me into bed?

CHAPTER FIVE
You want me to what?

CHAPTER SIX
The last drop

CHAPTER SEVEN
Are you Judy Heumann?

CHAPTER EIGHT
The fight

CHAPTER NINE
Am I reading correctly?

PART TWO

CHAPTER TEN
Weird sleepover

CHAPTER ELEVEN
And suddenly, we’re visible

CHAPTER TWELVE
Dinner tonight courtesy of the Black Panthers

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
The government threatens us with bombs

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
We threaten the government with more sleepovers

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
House party at Califano’s

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
There are no accessible bathrooms in the White House

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Please don’t ignore us or we will come to your Sunday school

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Power to the people

PART THREE: FOUR YEARS LATER

CHAPTER NINETEEN
Thirty-six million of us

EPILOGUE
And next

Acknowledgments
Credits
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