Meet Haben Girma: Eritrean-American Who Became 1st Blind, Deaf Graduate of Harvard Law

Haben Girma is without a doubt the personification of the word inspiring. Born deaf and blind to an immigrant Mother, Girma had the odds stacked against her at birth.

However, through sheer hard work and an overdose of self-belief, Girma managed to overcome the barriers of race, gender, and disability to become the first deaf-blind graduate of the prestigious Harvard Law School.

Girma was born in Oakland, California, in 1988 to an Eritrean Mother and Ethiopian father. Her mother fled Eritrea in 1983 at the height of the independence war ravaging the country at the time.

Growing up in California, Girma thrived academically in the U.S. school system, which recognizes the rights of people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).




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