We’re excited to announce that Haben is now an Author with Grand Central Publishing. We just signed a book deal. Over the next two years Haben will be working on her first book, a memoir.
Secret honored Haben with the Secret Strength Award on February 4, 2017 during the Super Bowl’s NFL Women’s Summit. Supporting Deaf women studying to become advocates, Secret will also donate $10,000 to Deaf Legal Advocacy Worldwide, a nonprofit helping Deaf students excel in law school. Thank you, Secret!
Deaf-Blind Harvard Law Grad Slays Every Expectation, But Don’t Call Her An “Inspiration”
How we describe disability experiences in the media can help or hurt the disability community. Positive portrayals promote inclusion, increasing opportunities for education, employment, and social integration. People with disabilities represent the largest minority group, numbering one billion worldwide. Reaching an audience of this scale benefits media producers. Those who choose to produce positive disability [...]
St. Catherine University honored Haben Girma with the Alexandrine Medal on May 22, 2016. Named after the Egyptian scholar Catherine of Alexandria, St. Catherine University awards the Alexandrine Medal to women who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to public service. Past recipients include Dorothy Day, Ann Bancroft, and Maya Angelou. Haben is the youngest person to [...]
I met with President Bill Clinton before my keynote address at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University. Here's what he said the following day: President Bill Clinton: I don't want to embarrass her, but sitting over here on the front row, is a young woman who graduated from Harvard Law School, without the ability to [...]
There’s only one way to get to the top of a ladder, but there are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym… The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment. Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In.Choosing to change course in [...]
Haben Girma is deaf-blind, and the first such person to have graduated from Harvard Law School. Now, she's using her law degree to make sure the Internet is as surf-able for people like her as it is for people who can see and hear.Raised by refugee parents from Eritrea and Ethiopia, Haben grew up in [...]
From the Ruderman Family Foundation: Haben Girma, a disability advocate and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, spoke with us via iMessage from her Berkeley, CA, office to discuss her work to change the accessibility culture of Silicon Valley, her meeting with President Obama during the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Americans with [...]