Disability Rights

The State of Things
1:10 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams

Haben Girma was the first deaf-blind student to graduate from Harvard Law.
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First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams

At the age of 15, Haben Girma had danced, skied, kayaked and traveled to Mali. And although that’s a lot for any young person to experience, Haben was doing so while deaf and blind.

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Fri November 1, 2013

First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams

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At the age of 15, Haben Girma had danced, skied, kayaked and traveled to Mali. And although that’s a lot for any young person to experience, Haben was doing so while deaf and blind.

  

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Law
6:00 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Lawsuit Over Cuts for People with Disabilities

Starting today, people with disabilities who have been getting supported to live at home will start losing their services. That's why Disability Rights North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit to stop the state service cuts from going into effect. 

Disability Rights head Vicki Smith says the cuts affect about 4,000 people around the state who need help with only 2 activities of daily living - such toileting or bathing - to stay at home.  Smith says if the cuts happen, these people will be likely to end up in institutions if they don't have family members available to help

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