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Josh Swiller speaks during Disabilities Awareness Month

In recognition of October as Disabilities Awareness Month, Penn State University Libraries are hosting a panel discussion, “What is big “D” and small “d” deaf culture,” on Wednesday, October 16, 2–3 p.m., and a presentation by Josh Swiller, “A Memoir of Deafness,” on Thursday, October 17, 7–8:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session. Both events are in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and will be facilitated by interpreters, with captioning. The October 17 presentation will also be available at live.libraries.psu.edu

Swiller, deaf since the age of 4 and recently returned to hearing through a computer implanted in his skull, is the author of “The Unheard: a Memoir of Deafness and Africa,” a story about his growing up deaf and living for two years in a rural African village. A New York Times best seller, it has been optioned for a movie. He has been lauded for his compassion, humor and literary skill.

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Author Rachel Simon to share her perspectives on intellectual disabilities at presentation

Rachel Simon, award winning author of “Riding the Bus with My Sister” and “The Story of Beautiful Girl,” will give a presentation titled “Perspectives on Intellectual Disabilities,” on Thursday, April 11 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Katz Auditorium in the Law School. Simon will talk about her life experiences growing up with her sister Beth, who has an intellectual disability. Their relationship formed the basis for “Riding the Bus with My Sister,” which was made into a film starring Andie MacDowell and Rosie O’Donnell. The film will be shown on Tuesday, April 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m., in the Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

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