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Applauding Crip Camp, the New Netflix Doc on Love, Community & Justice

We received another ray of hope this week. On March 25 Netflix released Crip Camp, a documentary that dives into the wild lives of disabled teens who grapple with isolation, find love at a summer camp, build community, and grow into fierce advocates for equality. Their joyous laughter, their tenacity, their […]

2020-03-26T20:25:37-07:00March 26th, 2020|

We were on Jeopardy!

On Monday January 27, host Alex Trebek presented this clue on Jeopardy!

Heather Nelson, a math teacher from Lake Oswego, Oregon, responded immediately. “What is Harvard?” The TV screen showed a photo of me with my first guide dog Maxine. She and I shared many walks through Lake Oswego when we lived in Portland. Congratulations, Heather!

2020-04-23T22:07:15-07:00January 28th, 2020|

Mylo and I Imagine Driving an Autonomous Car

I’m excited for a future where accessible self-driving cars are a reality. People with disabilities stand to benefit the most from self-driving cars, but developers are not making accessibility enough of a priority. Waiting until a product is “finished” to start thinking about accessibility is like completing construction of a skyscraper and then tearing part […]

2019-06-19T23:15:06-07:00June 19th, 2019|

My new book received a glowing review!

After writing, editing, and rewriting for over two years, I’m thrilled to bring this book into the world.

Publishers Weekly, the insider’s guide to the book world, released an enthusiastic review:

“With wit and passion, Haben, a disability rights lawyer, public speaker, and the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law, takes readers through her often […]

2019-04-27T09:16:09-07:00April 23rd, 2019|

World Braille Day

Celebrating the 210th birthday of Louis Braille, a brilliant teacher who developed a tactile reading system. Blind children and adults learned to uncover the treasure trove of knowledge stored in books through our fingers. We continued innovating, and now we also have digital braille to read articles, websites, & apps. Happy birthday, Louis Braille!

2019-01-04T20:17:53-08:00January 4th, 2019|

Surfing in Hawaii

Surfing as a Deafblind person feels like I’m alone with the ocean. The exhilaration of connecting with such a powerful force of nature is unlike anything else I’ve experienced. My whole body listens to the ocean through the board, constantly adjusting as it tilts and sways. I can’t see where the ocean takes me, but […]

2019-01-04T20:15:46-08:00January 4th, 2019|

A Service Dog Holiday Song

Mylo visited a beach for the first time this week, and the experience inspired a new spin on a holiday classic:

Dashing through the sand
My guide dog will never stray
Harness in my hand
Laughing all the way

Collar tags bounce and ring
Large waves roll ashore
A four-legged pal can always bring
A spark of something more

Service dogs, service dogs,
Guides for […]

2018-12-26T01:55:56-08:00December 26th, 2018|

I’m asking Texas to keep Helen Keller’s story in the K-12 curriculum

Last week the Texas State Board of Education took a step to remove Helen Keller from the K-12 social studies curriculum. The second largest state in the nation may soon stop teaching students about one of the most widely admired disability rights heroes. She is often the only disability rights advocate kids learn about. […]

2018-09-19T13:48:51-07:00September 19th, 2018|