Now a disability rights attorney, Haben Girma has made it her mission to advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, NBC News reports.
She became the first deaf-blind woman to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2013, and in her new book, “Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law,” Girma tells about growing up as a child of Eritrean refugees.
Later she began traveling the world to argue for the benefits of an inclusive society. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and she also received the Helen Keller achievement award.
“My parents came to the United States seeking opportunities, and they found it’s not geography that creates freedom; it’s people and communities that create freedom,” Girma told NBC News. “All of us face a choice to accept unfairness or advocate for justice.”