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Being Seen

One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

Examine how the misconceptions of blindness and deafness in the media affect deaf and blind people in their everyday lives.

As a deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight. 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.

Part memoir, part cultural criticism, part history of the blind experience, Being Seen explores how the media has constructed a negative version of blindness that is more myth than fact and how that has influenced how people—both sighted and blind—experience blindness in actively harmful ways.

Elsa Sjunneson four-time Hugo Award finalist, is a deafblind speculative fiction writer living in New Jersey with her guide dog. Her work has been praised as “eloquence and activism” in lockstep, and can be found all over the internet. Elsa writes and edits speculative fiction and nonfiction. She has been a finalist for the Best Fan Writer and Best Semiprozine Hugo Awards, a winner of the D. Franklin Defying Doomsday Award, and a finalist for the Best Game Writing Nebula Award.