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Un-Bookclub Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Sindhuja Parimalarangan · Rachna Tatachar · Pavithra Ashok Kumar · Anoush Najarian



We’d love to come together for an un-bookclub at ICML. We’ve been learning a lot in the cross-continental book club out of the book Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.

We’d love to give you the gift of connection, conversation, and reflection Haben gave us. We’ll invite Haben to stop by if she can (things are uncertain in the pandemic). We ask you to watch Haben's powerful talk at the National Book Festival in preparation:

Haben Girma, the author of the book, 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 disabled people.

Join us for a discussion on accessibility and intersectionality in the tech industry, and the roles and responsibilities of the machine learning community in building a culture where disabled people thrive."

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