Haben Girma with Lainey Feingold - Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 3:00pm

In Conversation with Lainey Feingold If you need disability accommodations, please contact Cheryl McKeon at 415-832-1020 or events@bookpassage.com

Haben Girma 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.

Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. Her work has been featured in the Financial Times, BBC, Washington Post, NPR, and more.

Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey has worked with blind people and their organizations across the United States for close to twenty-five years to make the digital and tech environment available to everyone. Her book is packed with win-win stories of accessibility advocacy with some of the largest organizations in the U.S. Lainey and Haben were two of 13 lawyers honored as "Legal Rebels” in the United States by the American Bar Association in 2017.  More info at LFLegal.com or on Twitter @LFLegal.

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Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538728727
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Published: Twelve - August 6th, 2019

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

"A profoundly important memoir." -- The Times