Princeton Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
by Damian Sian


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Princeton University will be celebrating the 6th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on April 24th. The keynote speaker at this event will be Haben Girma who graduated from Harvard Law School and identifies as a person who is deafblind. Haben Girma has met with presidents Obama and Clinton and has delivered a TED talk. Haben’s message of finding access for diverse abilities in higher education will frame the University’s own commitment to providing access for people of all abilities. The event will also feature Michele Minter Vice, Provost for Institutional Equity & Diversity and Jay Dominick, VP for Information Technology and CIO; the two areas of administration that are leading the accessibility initiative at Princeton University.

“Princeton is delighted to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Our core values include equity and inclusion for individuals with diverse abilities. The day’s distinguished keynote speaker Haben Girma exemplifies the level of achievement that is possible when an institution commits to ensuring accessibility for everyone.” – Michele Minter

Keynote Speaker Haben Girma

Headshot Haben Girma


  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm:
    • Welcome and opening remarks from Vice Provost Michele Minter
  • 1:30pm – 1:45pm:
    • Princeton’s Digital Accessibility Initiative, remarks from Jay Dominick, VP for Information Technology
  • 1:45pm – 3:00pm:
    • Keynote address and Q&A, Haben Girma
  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm:
    • Closing remarks from Shawn Maxam and Damian Sian
  • 3:15pm – 4:30pm:
    • Reception and opportunity to explore information tables (invitees include New Jersey Commission for the Blind etc.)


Write to Damian Sian for event accommodation requests. All outside media should RSVP to Shawn Maxam by 04/21/17.

Event Sponsors

Campus Conversation on Identities, the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Office of Information Technology, the Office of Disability Services, and the User Experience Office.


  • 101 Friend Center and Atrium
    65 Olden Street
    Princeton NJ 08540