In a new memoir, Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, reflects on her Eritrean-American childhood and journey to becoming an outspoken advocate and innovator for disability rights.
While a student at Harvard, Girma helped develop the digital braille device that allows her to read information typed to her through a qwerty keyboard. Today, she travels around the world to promote a message of inclusivity and shares her life experiences as a disabled person, black woman, and a child of refugees. Girma has received honours from leaders including former US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has also become one of the leading voices in improving the accessibility of the digital world, where websites and apps are often not compatible with assistive technologies such as screen readers.