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Google Doodle celebrates the 75th birthday of Gabriela Brimmer or Gaby, a Mexican writer, and activist for persons with disabilities, on September 12, 2022.

Who was Gabriela Brimmer (Gaby)?

Gabriela Brimmer was born on September 12, 1947, to parents who got away from Nazi Austria Mexico City, the daughter of Sari and Michel Brimmer, Austrian Jewish immigrants.

In 1955, Gabriela Brimmer was registered in a rehabilitation center’s elementary school where a teacher recognized her ability with words and suggested that she become a writer. In 1967, Brimmer entered a regular school. Her Language Arts teacher was a poet who likewise convinced her to write. That same year she began to write poems.

The first time her mother read one of her poems she was deeply moved, cried and requested that she keep them all so a book could be published. Brimmer could type on the typewriter with a toe from her left foot, the only part of her body she had some control over.

In 1971, Gabriela Brimmer was accepted into the Social and Political Sciences department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico as a Sociology major however didn’t graduate.

Gaby established an association of people with disabilities, known as Asociación para los Derechos de Personas con Alteraciones Motoras (Adepam) (in English, Association for the Rights of People with Motor Disabilities) and was an active participant in various associations.

Brimmer worked for the full participation of people with disabilities and simultaneously figured out how to write poetry. Brimmer was regarded[who?] as one who partook in moving responsiveness and strength that originated from the depths of her soul.

Gabriela Brimmer’s life was chronicled in the film Gaby: A True Story. In 1979, her Spanish-language autobiography Gaby Brimmer, coauthored by Elena Poniatowska, was published by Editorial Grijalbo in Mexico City. An English version translated by Trudy Balch showed up in 2009.

Her left leg and foot, the only part of her body she could move, became her method of communication with the world. As portrayed in today’s Google Doodle artwork, she wrote beautiful passages by using a typewriter that she worked with the big toe to her left side foot.

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Gabriela Brimmer later collaborated with Mexican novelists and journalists to write three bestselling books that precisely portrayed her life. She likewise worked with makers to reuse her autobiography in the film Gaby, a True Story (1987), which won Golden Globes and Oscar nominations.

Gabriela Brimmer happened to establish the Association for the Rights of People with Motor Disabilities and partook in numerous different associations that advocated for disability rights and accessibility.

In 2016, the Gaby Brimmer National Center for Rehabilitation and Educational Integration was made in her honor.

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