Haben Girma defied the odds – Death and Blind but graduated from Harvard

Inspirational women of the week

Haben Girma was born deaf and blind (as well as black) but Girma is a Harvard Law School graduate and her academic achievements have catapulted her advocacy career, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities

Haben Girma, who is of Eritrean decent is the first deaf/blind graduate at Harvard Law School’s story is a true inspiration.

Girma’s story is extraordinary it not only highlights her courage and determination despite physical challenges she is living proof that disability is certainly no barrier to achieving academic excellence.

Girma who is an attorney  “advocates for the civil rights of persons with disabilities. A celebrated speaker, she provided the introductory remarks for the 25th Anniversary of the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] at the White House”.

The 27 year-old has achieved a lot despite her disability, “For my grandmother back in Africa, my success in law school seemed like magic,” she says

Girma appreciates the opportunities she has been offered but this should not by ant means down play “the hard won power of the ADA.”

Her academic achievements, a “J.D. in 2013 from Harvard, and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College” have indeed catapulted her advocacy career which have seen her fighting for the rights of people with disabilities.

Watch her TEDxBaltimore Talk:


Source: Haben Girma/ Harvard Law Today


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