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Disability and Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusion

ACT invites you to join our upcoming webinar to hear from Haben Girma, the daughter of refugees, the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, and a White House Champion of Change. Girma will share her education and career journey on May 25 at 12:00 p.m., ET.

ACT’s commitment to equity by design is directly linked to our past and ever-growing accessible design efforts. Like other organizations, ACT knows how critical accessibility is in today’s learning and working environment so that everyone can achieve education and workplace success.

Girma’s experiences will inspire all of us to be better stewards of equity and inclusion. After her presentation, we will allow for Q & A with the speaker. The program will include introductory remarks by Tina Gridiron, vice president ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning and Katie Featherston, senior director, Accessibility at ACT.

Haben GirmaHaben Girma, is the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School and 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.


Tina GridironTina Gridiron, vice president, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, a leader in higher education and philanthropy, joined ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning in 2019 and focuses her efforts on enhancing the work of the Center with its external partners, and shaping ACT’s broader efforts to close gaps in equity, opportunity, and achievement in education and the workforce.

Tina holds a Master of Arts in higher education administration and a Master of Arts in sociology, both from Stanford, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Katie FeatherstonKatie Featherston, senior director, Accessibility, has more than 10 years of experience supporting states, schools, and families to ensure students with disabilities and English learners have equal access in K12 education. Her duties have included developing and implementing organization policies and procedures to ensure all ACT’s products and services are accessible to diverse learners.


Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m., ET / 9:00 a.m., PT
Duration: 60 minutes

This event will not be available for on-demand viewing.

The webinar will have captioning and American Sign Language interpretation. If you require other accommodations or supports to access the event, please contact [email protected].