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Ruh Global Impact Mourns the Passing of Judith Heumann, Disability Rights Advocate and Pioneer1 min read

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Ruh Global Impact, a leading disability inclusion consulting firm, announces the passing of Judith Heumann, a tireless advocate and pioneer for disability rights. Heumann passed away on March 8, 2023, at 74.

Heumann was a well-known figure in the disability rights community, having devoted her life to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. She was an integral part of the disability rights movement, having played a key role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Heumann was also a former Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US State Department, and she served as the World Bank’s first Advisor on Disability and Development.

In a statement, Ruh Global Impact CEO Debra Ruh shared her thoughts on Heumann’s passing:

“What is a legacy? Does it matter? When you pass away – will the world be thankful for your life and efforts? Judith Heumann showed us the true leadership and powerful legacy of inclusion in her lifetime. She will be missed!!! She will never be forgotten.”

Debra Ruh CEO of Ruh Global IMPACT

Heumann’s impact on the disability rights movement was immeasurable. She was a powerful voice for change and a champion of inclusion. Her legacy will continue to inspire and motivate generations to come.

Ruh Global Impact extends its deepest condolences to Heumann’s family, friends, and colleagues. We join the disability community in mourning the loss of a true trailblazer.

For more information on Judith Heumann’s life and legacy, visit

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