Meet the Author | Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

San Francisco Campus

GA SF
225 Bush Street, 5th Floor (East Entrance)
San Francisco CA 94104

Meet the Author | Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism | San Francisco

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Attend the next event on Wednesday, 10 November.

San Francisco Campus

GA SF
225 Bush Street, 5th Floor (East Entrance)
San Francisco CA 94104

About this event

We are thrilled to welcome seven-time Hugo Award finalist Elsa Sjunneson for an author reading and discussion of her new book, Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism.

As a Deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of the world around her. While she cannot see well enough to operate without a guide dog or cane, she can see enough to know when someone is reacting to the visible signs of her blindness and can hear when they’re whispering behind her back. And she certainly knows how wrong our one-size-fits-all definitions of disability can be.

As a media studies professor, she’s also seen the full range of blind and deaf portrayals on film, and here she deconstructs their impact, following common tropes through horror, romance, and everything in between. Part memoir, part cultural criticism, part history of the Deafblind experience, Being Seen explores how our cultural concept of disability is more myth than fact, and the damage it does to us all.

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