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Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Haben Girma is the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School — but her adventures began long before she arrived in Cambridge. She grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara, where she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found 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.

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.

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Product Details

Recommended Age Adults
Author Haben Girma
ISBN 1538728729
Publication Date Aug 6, 2019
Publisher Twelve
Language English