African American disability activist Haben Girma will now be part of the Her Abilities jury from this week onwards.

Haben Girma is the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. She 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 Forbes 30 Under 30.

Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. She’s a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society’s low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. Haben is working on a book that will be published by Hachette in 2019.

Why she supports the Her Abilities award as a jury member:

Her Abilities needs to celebrate the talents of women with disabilities. They hope to increase opportunities for women with disabilities by highlighting some of their stories.

Find out more here about the awards: