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Haben Girma

First Deaf-Blind Graduate of Harvard Law School

Haben Girma is the personification of the word inspiring. Born deaf and blind to an immigrant Mother, Girma had the odds stacked against her at birth. Through hard work and sheer perseverance, Girma managed to overcome the barriers of race, gender, and disability to become the first deaf-blind graduate of the prestigious Harvard Law School.

Haben advocates for equal access to information for people with disabilities as well as the adoption of modern technology such as digital Braille, a device Haben believes contributed greatly to her success story.

Because of her work she has been honored by President Obama, President Clinton and many others.

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