The Eritrean Youth Initiative (EYI) invited me to Ottawa to keynote their inaugural fundraiser dinner. The sold-out event on June 24th raised scholarships for high school students heading to college. My friend Negash Haile and his colleagues at EYI brought together Canadians from diverse backgrounds to recognize students making a difference. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau [...]
Here’s a fun video of me exploring the City Museum in St. Louis. Climbing the giant dome at the City Museum, every step brought a fun surprise! Because I'm Deafblind I climbed by touch. Also, my guide dog can’t climb ladders…yet! :) I visited the City Museum while in St. Louis last month to serve [...]
A Deaf-Blind Lawyer Wants to Know Why Surfboards Are Safer Than Classrooms
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 [...]