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Honored as a White House Champion of Change, and the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for the civil rights of persons with disabilities. A celebrated speaker, she introduced President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her TEDx Talk, highlighting her pioneering work, continues to inspire people to strive for a more inclusive world.

Haben works at the Berkeley-based nonprofit Disability Rights Advocates. She helped achieve a legal victory in National Federation of the Blind v. Scribd, the second case to hold that the ADA applies to e-commerce. She received her J.D. in 2013 from Harvard, and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College.

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President Barack Obama types to Haben at the White House

Haben talks with President Obama at the White House 25th Anniversary celebration of the ADA.

Haben, President Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA at the White House

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July 21st, 2015|

Haben speaks at TEDx Baltimore 2014

Haben speaks at TEDx Baltimore 2014 on her education and her advocacy work at Disability Rights Advocates.

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May 4th, 2014|

Haben featured on Forbes 30 under 30

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Haben Girma is a first generation immigrant, and the first deaf and blind student to graduate from Harvard Law School. She helped achieve a legal victory in National Federal of the Blind v. Scribd, the second case to hold that the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to e-commerce. She is a staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, and was honored at the White House on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. She holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Forbes 30 Under 30: Law and Policy

January 7th, 2016|

Washington Post: Deaf-blind Harvard-trained lawyer who made waves now rides them, too

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Eritrean American Haben Girma is used to pushing boundaries. She made waves as the first-ever deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School, and quickly joined Disability Rights Advocates after her graduation in 2013 to work for increased accessibility and acceptance for disabled Americans.

She was honored by the White House and gave a moving speech at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And now she’s riding waves in California.

Full article on Washington Post

January 7th, 2016|