Episode
August 28, 2019

How did a deafblind woman conquer Harvard Law?

The Stream speaks to Haben Girma, a disability rights attorney and advocate for accessibility.
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On Wednesday, August 28 at 19:30 GMT:
In a new memoir, Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, reflects on her Eritrean-American childhood and journey to becoming an outspoken advocate and innovator for disability rights.
 
While a student at Harvard, Girma helped develop the digital braille device that allows her to read information typed to her through a qwerty keyboard. Today, she travels around the world to promote a message of inclusivity and shares her life experiences as a disabled person, black woman, and a child of refugees. Girma has received honours from leaders including former US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has also become one of the leading voices in improving the accessibility of the digital world, where websites and apps are often not compatible with assistive technologies such as screen readers.
 
In this episode, we'll hear about her personal story and discuss her current work in making the world more accessible for all. Join the conversation.


On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Haben Girma @HabenGirma
Disability rights lawyer

Read more:
Haben Girma: a zealous advocate for disability rights - Above the Law
Haben Girma is a trailblazer for the deaf and blind - Wall Street Journal
 

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