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Deaf, blind Berkeley resident appointed to national organization’s board of trustees



The Daily Californian 
January 27, 2015

Berkeley civil rights attorney Haben Girma was appointed the first deaf and blind board trustee of Helen Keller Services for the Blind on Thursday.

Founded in 1893, Helen Keller Services is a national organization that is based in New York and helps visually impaired, blind or deaf and blind individuals lead independent lives. Girma, who grew up in Oakland and San Leandro, attended Lewis & Clark College for her undergraduate degree and became the first deaf and blind graduate of Harvard Law School in 2013.

She currently works to improve access to technology and education as a Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit legal center for disability rights located in Downtown Berkeley.

“I’m passionate about disability rights work because it’s a background in which I have personal knowledge, and I can use that knowledge to help others,” Girma said.

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