Northeastern Univeristy graduate student and disabilities advocate
Honigfeld, born deaf, has been speaking out for people with disabilities since she was a Girl Scout urging Connecticut legislators to support a bill to put closed captioning in movie theaters. Now 22, she is now majoring in human services at Northeastern University.
Even today, she’s working to make the world a more inclusive place. She transformed NU’s deaf club into a sign language club that includes people who can hear. And she doesn’t limit her efforts to the deaf community. After seeing kids with Down Syndrome and autism struggle to make friends while she was a cooperative education student at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club, she helped develop several social skills groups pairing disabled students with their nondisabled peers.
—Katie Johnston, Globe Staff