We Need MORE Diversity In Books! | Rikki Poynter
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My friend, Amanda McDonough, who is a deaf actor, writer/author, and public speaker joins me on a day out and about in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We spent part of our day at Bookmarks, a non-profit bookstore, where we looked around for books and things that interested us, including books on disability. We found that we saw only one book about deafness (Helen Keller, to be more specific) and an autobiography written by DeafBlind lawyer, Haben Girma. (Later after, we saw a book on deaf poems but I don’t know much about it.)
This bookstore had a whole section and promotional posters dedicated to diversity in books, but we were disappointed to see that there weren’t disability books included in their diversity. So we decided to sit down and have a short conversation about it.
BUY “READY TO BE HEARD”
BUY “HABEN: THE DEAFBLIND WOMAN WHO CONQUERED HARVARD LAW”
BUY “ROLL WITH IT”
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Rikki Poynter is a 28-year- old deaf vlogger on YouTube. She makes content about deaf awareness, accessibility/closed captioning awareness, mental health, feminism, and more. Since making her first deaf related video on October 1st, 2014, Rikki has been on the Huffington Post, Mic News, Upworthy, ABC News, BBC Newsbeat, BBC Ouch, BBC See Hear, and other news outlets in various countries. Also, she has been working on her new closed captioning campaign, Lights, Camera, Caption!, to try to get more YouTubers to closed caption their videos. After hopefully one day taking over YouTube, she wants to work on the rest of the Internet.
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