For disability rights advocate Haben Girma, it was about knowing there was chocolate cake in the university cafeteria. As a deafblind student at Lewis and Clark College, Girma said cafeteria workers often forgot to e-mail her the day’s menu, putting an unnecessary barrier between her and what she wanted to eat that day. For a long time, she thought it would be another inconvenience to which she’d have to become accustomed.
“Those menus, at that cafeteria, was a pivotal moment for me that I should do something, for myself and for future blind students who came to that college – or anyone else who needed menus in alternative formats”, she said.
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