THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: HABEN GIRMA
The title of Haben Girma’s “profoundly important” (The Times) memoir Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law says it all. Girma is the child of Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees. Her career choice was informed, in part, by her wish to help those with disabilities access digital information and technology. She was on the National Federation of the Blind’s legal team when they sued the online document service Scribd for failing to make content fully accessible, and she developed a braille communication system in which typing on a keyboard is pulsed into her fingers.
President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, Forbes magazine gave her a spot on its list of North American under 30 trailblazers, and she has been the face of a connective technology advertising campaign. She also occasionally surfs, mountain climbs, kayaks and goes horseriding. Girma talks equal opportunities and disability advocacy with Martine Abel-Williamson.