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Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

af Haben Girma

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The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.


Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself 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. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.
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.


"This autobiography by a millennial Helen Keller teems with grace and grit." ?? O Magazine


"A profoundly important memoir." ?? The Times


** As featured in The Wall Street Journal, People, and on The TODAY Show ** A New York Times "New & Noteworthy" Pick ** An O Magazine "Book of the Month" Pick ** A Publishers Weekly Bestseller **… (mere)

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An incredible story that was pretty well written. I found it fascinating to get a sense of what Haben's world is like. This offers a good perspective on disability rights and ableism. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Wow! I learned a lot from Haben Girma! I did not know why I felt kicked the stomach when someone told me that I was "Inspiring". Read her book and learn about Abelism.

The first part of her book, Haben Girma introduces herself. Instead of what most of us, she sees splashes of color. To me, that was very reassuring as I have glacoma and have always known, color is what I would miss the most if I lost my sight. She has a very limited range of sound frequencies. A few high frequency sounds and she described the low frequency are like hearing a washing machine. Intelligent and with a robust sense of humor as shown about stories of her family life.

To prove to her parents that she could take care of herself and not be dependent on them, she went to Mali as a volunteer to help build a school for children. You will learn how one teacher thought she was failing a course when it was really not knowing the details of the assignments. If you are a hearing and a seeing person, you do not realize what actually gets through. Yes, you hear sounds but without clarity. How make that clarity? Break down the barriers! Use technology! You can do it. And a lot of boundaries are from people. Let them know what is not working and find a way to break through!

I loved this book. Haben Girma understands so much. I hope that she continues to write and to fight for disability rights through the Courts, especially making Wow! I learned a lot from Haben Girma! I did not know why I felt kicked the stomach when someone told me that I was "Inspiring". Read her book and learn about Abelism.

The first part of her book, Haben Girma introduces herself. Instead of what most of us, she sees splashes of color. To me, that was very reassuring as I have glacoma and have always known, color is what I would miss the most if I lost my sight. She has a very limited range of sound frequencies. A few high frequency sounds and she described the low frequency are like hearing a washing machine. Intelligent and with a robust sense of humor as shown about stories of her family life.

To prove to her parents that she could take care of herself and not be dependent on them, she went to Mali as a volunteer to help build a school for children. You will learn how one teacher thought she was failing a course when it was really not knowing the details of the assignments. If you are a hearing and a seeing person, you do not realize what actually gets through. Yes, you hear sounds but without clarity. How make that clarity? Break down the barriers! Use technology! You can do it. And a lot of boundaries are from people. Let them know what is not working and find a way to break through!

I loved this book. Haben Girma understands so much. I hope that she continues to write and to fight for disability rights through the Courts, especially making it sure that everyone is included in the conversation. ( )
  Carolee888 | Feb 13, 2023 |
Haben

1. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot overcome your disability and do something great or impactful in a positive and uplifting way.

2. Remember your roots. Achieve more than your family in a different way and in your own style.

Biggest Takeaway

Dream big and don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot be a force to be recommend with in your career. Writing or educationally.

Quote in Summary

“Love fully. Love wholly. Live a good life helping those who need it and give back in whatever way you can.” ( )
  Kaianna.Isaure | Dec 12, 2022 |
nonfiction/autobiography - audiobook read by the author

well-told experiences of a deaf-blind person learning to navigate a world that isn't always welcoming. I especially felt the social anxiety she expressed as a child was relatable, but the entire book is very enlightening as well as entertaining. Highly, highly recommended.

Pair with: [b:Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual|54916181|Professional Troublemaker The Fear-Fighter Manual|Luvvie Ajayi Jones|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1617614266l/54916181._SX50_.jpg|85691337], in which Luvvie Ajayi Jones challenges readers to speak up for themselves and others (when it is a worthwhile cause/result that you are asking for, and when it is safe to do so). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:

The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.


Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself 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. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.
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.


"This autobiography by a millennial Helen Keller teems with grace and grit." ?? O Magazine


"A profoundly important memoir." ?? The Times


** As featured in The Wall Street Journal, People, and on The TODAY Show ** A New York Times "New & Noteworthy" Pick ** An O Magazine "Book of the Month" Pick ** A Publishers Weekly Bestseller **

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