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Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusive Design

Disabled people are one of the largest underrepresented groups, numbering over 1.3 billion worldwide. Organizations that choose to invest in disability inclusion gain access to a larger audience, provide a better experience for both disabled and non-disabled members, and facilitate growth and innovation. Join us for an engaging presentation on Haben’s journey as a disability rights advocate and how we can make UT Knoxville more inclusive.

About the Presenter:
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion. The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and TODAY Show featured her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Virtual Event
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Lectures & Presentations


Diversity & Inclusion, Law & Policy, Teaching & Learning, Student Success


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Commission for Disability
Division of Student Life, Student Disability Services


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Elissa Edwards

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West, Karen

West, Karen left a positive review 3/22/2021

This was really good. Her stories provided a good demonstration of things that can be done to help people with disabilities and difficulties that people with disabilities face.

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