Eritrean American Haben Girma is used to pushing boundaries. She made waves as the first-ever deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School, and quickly joined Disability Rights Advocates after her graduation in 2013 to work for increased accessibility and acceptance for disabled Americans.
She was honored by the White House and gave a moving speech at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
And now she’s riding waves in California.
“It’s symbolic of all the possibilities that are out there,” Girma said. “Success comes about through lots of failure and I’m not afraid to fall. I’m not afraid to get in the water, try something new, look silly for a little bit.” She took a lesson with coach Matt Allen of the Maui Surf Academy, and had to communicate with body language and physical cues because her normal communication technology doesn’t work in the water.
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