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April 11, 2018 | Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusion

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The 2018 Fordham Distinguished Lecture on Disability
Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusion
Speaker: Haben Girma

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Reception and Q&A from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Keating 1st Auditorium
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

People with disabilities represent the largest minority group, numbering one billion worldwide. Reaching a group of this scale creates value for everyone. Organizations
that prioritize accessibility benefit by gaining access to a much larger user base, improving the experience for both disabled and non-disabled users, and facilitating
further innovation.

About the Speaker
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is 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 also writing a memoir that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019. Learn more about Haben at

Supplemental Reading Material
“People with Disabilities Drive Innovation”
“Producing Positive Disability Stories: A Brief Guide”


The event will have ASL interpretation, CART services, and be wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for any disability access or accommodation questions at

Faculty Working Group on Disability

Provost Office
Office of the Chief Diversity Officer
Global Health Innovation Management Center
Office of the Dean of the Law School
English Department



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