Disabled Black Women: Part II

Posted by Jay in Travel on January 6th, 2016

Continuing with my search for fabulous disabled black women doing great things, I have found these great ladies. They show that a disability nor skin tone should prevent you from doing what you truly want. They’re dancers, models, lawyers as well as friends, and sisters.


From her website: Zazel-Chavah O’Garra is an accomplished dancer, actor, model, and a brain tumor survivor!! Zazel-Chavah O’Garra is now putting her gifts in service to others as a dance therapist and motivational speaker. Zazel has studied dance all the way to university and is also a Presidential Arts Scholar.

Zazel recently started ZCO/DANCEPROJECT. This is a dynamic dance company comprised of ten multi-talented disabled dancers. She started this company, to give disabled artists the opportunity to perform and show their talents and to encourage the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in dance and in society. They are going to be “dancing beyond disability”. They are currently working on their Winter 2016 performance! Keep your eyes peeled for more details and information.



Caxmee in her own words:

I was born in Brooklyn in 1989 but was raised in Montreal & Haiti. At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with bone & lung cancer- I was given 3 weeks to live but beat the odds with an experimental drug and luck. Surviving cancer came with a price; I had my right leg ampuated. Today I walk with a prosthetic leg along with two forearm crutches. At 17, I traveled to Costa Rica and have never been able to get rid of the traveler’s bug. Since then, I have been to 19 countries throughout 4 continents.


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I have been ranting and raving about this woman for a while now. I first noticed her when I was on the Instagram explore page and noticed this sensationally beautiful woman. What struck me most about her was her ridiculously flawless skin, not a single blemish in sight! The fact that she is a traveller like myself just makes me love her even more. Because the world should definitely be seen, regardless of whether you have a disability or not.


Haben Girma is an American of Eritrean heritage. As she grew up in the US, she had access to technologies, such as a digital Braille device that greatly assisted her. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is the first deaf-blind student to do so. Haben is working as a lawyer to try to improve access to such technologies for people with disabilities. She challenges the expectations people have of people with disabilities.

Not only is she an amazing lawyer but she also tandem surfs, which is something I didn’t even know you could do. Last year, she met US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]. She is definitely destined for even greater things as she fights for disabled people’s rights. You can find out more about Haben on her website here.

Being a triple minority like the amazing ladies above, it is so awesome to know that they are out there doing awesome things. They’re trying to better themselves and others along the way. I will continue scouring the Internet in search of more disabled black women being excellent, so watch this space!

If you would like to be included, or know someone that fits this profile to a tee, please do get in contact with me here or feel free to email directly at jay@jayonlife.com 

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