The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society’s low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. Haben is also writing a memoir that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019. Learn more about Haben at habengirma.com.
Haben Girma will be speaking on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5pm. The event will be wheelchair accessible. The speaker will be at Fordham University, Rose Hill campus (Keating 1st). The lecture will be broadcast to Lincoln Center (Lowenstein, room 708). It will be followed by a reception. Her talk is titled "Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusion." People with disabilities represent the largest minority group, numbering one billion worldwide. Reaching a group of this scale creates value for everyone. Organizations that prioritize accessibility benefit by gaining access to a much larger user base, improving the experience for both disabled and non-disabled users, and facilitating further innovation.
Supplemental Reading Material:
"People with Disabilities Drive Innovation" Find in the Financial Times, or at https://habengirma.com/2017/09/13/people-with-disabilities-drive-innovation/.
"Producing Positive Disability Stories: A Brief Guide." https://habengirma.com/2016/10/12/producing-positive-disability-stories-a-brief-guide/
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