Deafblind Students at Gallaudet University Protesting Injustice

Gallaudet University, based in Washington, D.C., describes itself as “the only university in the world designed to be barrier-free for Deaf and hard of hearing students.” I first learned about Gallaudet from the guidance counselor at my high school who told me it would be perfect for students like me. I ultimately attended Lewis & [...]

2020-09-27T00:27:15-07:00August 26th, 2020|

Talking with TIME 100 and Walking with Autonomous Robots

TIME Magazine celebrated my disability justice work by including me in TIME 100 Talks, a video series spotlighting influential people. I was surprised and honored. My excitement turned to disappointment when I checked the video — no captions, no audio descriptions, and no transcript. The TIME 100 video featuring me was not accessible to me. [...]

2020-09-27T00:27:21-07:00August 18th, 2020|

My First New York Times essay, plus book updates

I published my very first essay in the New York Times! The essay appears in the Times’ special edition celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: “What the A.D.A. Means to Me.” Today Hachette Book Group is releasing the paperback version of my book, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. [...]

2020-08-11T00:53:24-07:00August 11th, 2020|

Service Dog Teams Need Your Help, and You Can Do This From Home

As we stay home and practice physical distancing, there is something we can do to help protect our ability to fly with our dogs in the future. The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed adding new restrictions for service dogs traveling on airplanes, chipping away at the freedoms advocates fought for decades to protect. My [...]

2020-04-23T22:07:23-07:00April 1st, 2020|

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 creative ways of supporting [...]

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, [...]

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

My Book is in Stores Now, and it’s getting great reviews!

The Today Show featured my book on Monday, and the video of my interview is now online. For an in-depth review, The Wall Street Journal published this excellent piece on my book and work. And there’s more! The New York Times’ list of New and Noteworthy releases included my book! This terrific taste in books [...]

2019-08-06T23:50:53-07:00August 6th, 2019|

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 [...]

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