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Calming Fears & Sparking Connections with the Abilities We Have

My deafblindness can be isolating, so I actively develop ways to connect with people. One solution is to offer people a keyboard paired with my braille computer, and as they type I’m able to easily read their words in braille. But what if a person who wants to talk to me has dyslexia? During the [...]

2017-08-14T22:03:16+00:00August 14th, 2017|

An Interview with CJ Jones, the Deaf Actor in the Hot New Movie ‘Baby Driver’

I was excited to learn that the Deaf character in the summer hit Baby Driver is actually played by a Deaf actor. This may signal a positive shift in Hollywood.  Historically, most of the disabled characters in films were played by non-disabled actors, and a study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that 95% of [...]

2017-07-18T11:28:09+00:00July 16th, 2017|

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Welcomes Haben to Ottawa

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 [...]

2017-06-25T20:57:38+00:00June 25th, 2017|

Exploring Museum Accessibility in St. Louis

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 [...]

2017-08-14T21:54:38+00:00June 8th, 2017|

Haben Receives the Secret Strength Award

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!

2017-04-03T20:46:52+00:00April 3rd, 2017|

Producing Positive Disability Stories: A Brief Guide

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 [...]

2017-07-03T19:21:57+00:00October 12th, 2016|