Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate
Haben Girma is an American disability rights advocate and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. She was born in Oakland, California, on July 29, 1988, to Eritrean parents. She is profoundly deaf and legally blind.
Girma has always been a fighter. When she was a child, she refused to let her disabilities stop her from participating in activities that other kids her age did. She learned to read and write Braille, and she even learned to play the piano.
In high school, Girma was a star student. She was valedictorian of her class, and she was accepted to several prestigious colleges. She chose to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
At Lewis & Clark, Girma continued to excel. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in international studies. She also served as president of the student government and founded the school’s first disability rights organization.
After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Girma decided to attend law school. She was accepted to several top law schools, including Harvard. She chose to attend Harvard because she wanted to be part of a law school that was committed to diversity and inclusion.
At Harvard, Girma was a standout student. She was a member of the Harvard Law Review, and she graduated cum laude in 2013. She was also the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School.
After graduating from law school, Girma worked as a law clerk for a federal judge. She then founded her own law firm, Haben Girma Law, which specializes in disability rights law.
Girma is a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She has spoken at events around the world, and she has written extensively about disability rights. She is also a member of the National Council on Disability.
Girma is an inspiration to people all over the world. She shows that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. She is a role model for people with disabilities, and she is a champion for justice.
Here are some of the awards and honors that Haben Girma has received:
- White House Champion of Change
- Helen Keller Achievement Award
- Forbes 30 Under 30
- TIME100 Talks
Girma is a true inspiration. She is a role model for people with disabilities, and she is a champion for justice. She is an example of what can be achieved when you never give up on your dreams.