Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism by Elsa Sjunneson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a combination memoir, call to activism, and critique of horror and SFF tropes regarding the disabled. The author is what she calls Deafblind--she wears hearing aids and has no sight in one eye and limited vision in the other--and this book was written to impress on nondisabled people the challenges the disabled face in a society that mostly refuses to accommodate them. This book is not long, but it has some very pointed and sometimes horrific remarks about those challenges, especially in a country like America where the spectre of eugenics still hangs in the air like a sulfurous miasma.
It's often uncomfortable, but it's meant to be, and the least we nondisabled readers can do is accept the discomfort and think about the ways we can do better. The author has done a fine job in pointing out those various ways, and I thank her for it.
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