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Outing: This is Now: Haben Girma

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

Haben Girma, daughter of refugees and the first Deafblind woman to graduate from Harvard Law, has been honored for her activist work by President Obama, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more. In August, she visits with award winning journalist Angie Coiro to share her life story.

Riddled with laughter, warmth, inspiring perspective, and hair-raising incidents of world-travel, don’t miss this discussion of Haben.

Raised by two Eritrean refugee parents who survived a 30-year war, Haben learned to value courage and community early. In her lifetime so far, she has traveled the globe, mastered non-visual techniques for navigating both salsa and the electric saw, climbed an iceberg and faced a bull, and attained the prestigious degree that helps her advocate for increased access and equity for disabled persons. She does this all, joyfully, using innovations that allow her to move readily through abled spaces as a deaf and blind woman.

Haben accepts no limits to the future of herself or others. With guts, humor, and wisdom, she insists:

Disability is an opportunity for innovation. Inclusion is a choice. Can we build a stronger community and better world for everyone through these ideas? Visit Kepler's on August 21st to join in that hope.


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