Haben : the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law

by Girma, Haben, 1988-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 13 copies
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Baldwin Borough Library Biography and Memoir BIOGRAPHY GIR
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 92 GIRMA Haben
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Western Allegheny Community Library Biography 92 GIRMA
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The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.
Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself an abiding strength as she absorbed her parents' harrowing experiences during Eritrea's thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Their refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.

Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.

Haben takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman's determination to find the keys to connection.
"This autobiography by a millennial Helen Keller teems with grace and grit." -- O Magazine
" A profoundly important memoir." -- The Times
** As featured in The Wall Street Journal , People , and on The TODAY Show ** A New York Times "New & Noteworthy" Pick ** An O Magazine "Book of the Month" Pick ** A Publishers Weekly Bestseller **
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Articulated in elegant prose, lawyer and activist Girma's struggles navigating an ableist world as a person with disabilities are motivating, heartbreaking, and real. Girma hooks readers immediately with an incident from her childhood; boarding a plane to return to the U.S., Girma's father was temporarily detained, leaving her alone on the plane, aware of her vulnerability. This moment sets a path for the book, as Girma relates her evolving determination to live her life independently and powerfully. Girma's rare sense of humor and honest insight shine through beautifully in her memoir, bringing vibrancy and allowing readers to feel a personal closeness that enhances her story. Readers see Girma's path from a bull-daring, strategizing, problem-solving kid who fights to choose her own path, to a powerhouse lawyer who wins cases and recognition and speaks out for the rights of people with disabilities. Girma is the role model we all need: a person who took the complexities of her life and made herself stronger, and the world around her brighter.--Erin Renee Wahl Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "With wit and passion, Haben, a disability rights lawyer, public speaker, and the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law, takes readers through her often unaccommodating world. Born in the Bay Area in 1988, Haben spent summers in her family's homeland of Eritrea, in the capital Asmara, where her deafblind older brother hadn't been allowed to attend school. While living in the U.S. afforded her more opportunity, she missed out on assignments, jokes, and life's nuances: "It's a sighted hearing classroom, in a sighted hearing school, in a sighted hearing society. In this environment, I'm disabled." At a young age, Haben vowed to change that environment and pushed beyond her own comfort zones: dancing salsa, helping build a school in Mali, and climbing an iceberg. At Lewis & Clark College she advocated for a braille cafeteria menu; at Harvard Law, she developed a text-to-braille system, which allowed a second party to communicate details to her during classes, in court, and at a White House Americans with Disabilities Act celebration, where as guest speaker she was "starstruck around all these heroes who paved the way for Generation ADA." This is a heartwarming memoir of a woman who champions access and dignity for all. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Girma, Haben, -- 1988-
Lawyers with disabilities -- United States -- Biography.
Deafblind women -- United States -- Biography.
Women lawyers -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description vi, 277 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781538728727
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