Today’s remarkable guest is Haben Girma. Haben was born in Oakland, California to an immigrant Eritrean family. In her early childhood, she began to lose her eyesight and hearing. She graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark.
After college, she obtained a law degree from Harvard Law School. She’s the first deaf-blind person to achieve this distinction. After law school, she joined an organization called Disability Rights Advocates. She was part of the team that filed a lawsuit against Scribd because its digital reading system did not accommodate blind people.
President Obama named her to the White House Champions of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Federation for the Blind. She was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. And a speaker for the Time 100 talks. She’s also the author of
Compared to other episodes of Remarkable People, there’s a longer delay between the end of my question and the guest’s answer. That’s because what I said was typed in by a transcriber and converted for Haben to read on a braille keyboard. I did not delete the delay and the sound of typing so that you could experience how our interview actually took place.
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