June 21 – Haben’s Book

I believe anyone who is involved in postsecondary education, especially disabled postsecondary students, should read Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. It is a memoir of Haben Girma, who was the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Haben was raised in Oakland and attended Oakland Public Schools. She graduated from Skyline High School before moving on Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. In her memoir Haben tells of her adventures of being a deafblind person in our culture. Haben provides insights into her navigational abilities to maximize her life experiences.

Haben is a positive role model in my perception. She is an icon of how adherence to America with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) by the American Culture can allow a person to maximize their inherent capabilities in life. The book is of value for all who read it.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
CEO, Daniel Jonathan Fuller Memorial Fund

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