Seeing Eye Dog Mylo and Haben Visiting Juneau, Alaska

On Wednesday May 1, 2024 the Juneau Public Library is hosting a reading and discussion with Haben Girma. She will read, in Braille, from her book Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. She welcomes questions, and Mylo does, too! Join us for an engaging conversation on how we all can make our communities more accessible.

Thanks to Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries this event is free, open to all. The space is wheelchair accessible. If you have questions email: [email protected]

Wednesday May 1, 2024
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Mendenhall Valley Public Library
3025 Dimond Park Loop
Juneau, AK 99801

About the Author

The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and the World Health Organization appointed her Commissioner of Social Connection. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she travels the world teaching organizations the importance of choosing inclusion.

About our MC

Headshot of Laurie Clough outdoors

Laurie Clough is a lifelong Juneauite. She spent 29 years teaching Music in the Juneau Public Schools, and currently works seasonally for Gastineau Guiding Company leading hikes and water tours. She has always been an advocate for inclusion and is pleased to be asked to introduce Haben Girma, an amazing individual, who creates advocates for Inclusion everywhere she goes.

About the Book

Harnessing the power of the written word to spark advocacy, she wrote and published the book that became a bestseller. Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law takes readers on adventures around the world, including her parents’ homes in Eritrea and Ethiopia, building a school under the scorching Saharan sun, training with a guide dog in New Jersey, climbing an iceberg in Alaska, fighting for blind readers at a courthouse in Vermont, and talking with President Biden and President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating book is a testament to Haben’s determination to resist isolation and find the keys to connection.

Hearthside Books will be selling copies of her book for anyone who wants one signed.