Haben Girma: Champion of Change
Haben Girma is a deaf blind attorney who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013, and since then, she has speedily engaged in a great deal of activism to promote the rights of people with disabilities. She has already been recognized twice for her hard work. First, she was recognized as one of ‘21 Most Impressive Students’ at Harvard. Second, the White House gave her an award as one of the Champions of Change. She has a deep commitment to students who need more access in schools.
She currently serves as a Skadden Fellow attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, which is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Through this position, Haben has been able to break down physical and attitudinal barriers and strives to improve access for students with disabilities in schools.
Because of her work and her example, she has been highly sought as a presenter and has been giving speeches all over the United States. She is often invited to educate people about the rights of students who have disabilities. She encourages the parents of these students to have high expectations for their children.
During an interview she had with Business Insider, she explained, “The sad fact is that besides Helen Keller, there are very few Deaf Blind role models.\” She continued, “I created my website a while back to help inspire Americans with disabilities and their supporters so that they, too, can be role models for others.”
AWiB would like to appreciate Haben for her creativity, leadership and courage to start making a difference at early stage of her student and career life!