Haben Girma who was born deaf and blind is Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate. Grim graduated in 2013 from Harvard, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College.
President Obama types a message to Haben Girma, who is deaf and blind, before she introduced him at ADA reception pic.twitter.com/YsUKEsvWva— petesouza (@petesouza) July 21, 2015
After Grima's family faced difficulties finding a school in Eritrea for Haben’s older brother who was also born deaf-blind, they moved to the United States. Haben was born deaf-blind in America, but had access to opportunities afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“For my grandmother back in Africa, my success in law school seemed like magic,” said Girma when she introducing President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at a White House event celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “For all of us here, we know people with disabilities succeed not by magic, but through opportunities in America, and the hard won power of the ADA.”
Watch her speech below.
Photo: White House/Courtesy of Haben Girma