Representation in books, and sharing your story to help others feel less marginalized
Description: Lois Strachan, author and disability advisor, chats with Alexa about books as a resource for coping with marginalization, and why we need diverse representation in books.
Format: Video Q&A
Level: All Audiences
Author, speaker, disability advisor, blogger, podcaster and sometime rock musician
When Lois Strachan became blind at the age of 21 she realized she had a choice – to go home and give up, or to go out and see what life still had to offer her as a blind person living in a sighted world. Lois is an author, speaker, blogger, accessible travel podcaster, disability consultant and sometime rock musician who uses her story to demystify blindness and show the world that disability does not mean inability. She is the author of a series of illustrated children’s books, “The Adventures of Missy Mouse” which help children understand that a visually impaired person is simply a ‘normal’ person who uses different techniques to accomplish tasks. Her inspirational memoir, “A Different Way of Seeing: A Blind Woman’s Journey of Living an ‘Ordinary’ Life in an Extraordinary Way” will shortly also be available as an audio book In 2015, Lois was awarded a Tributes Excellence Award in the category of education and literature.
Lois lives in Cape Town South Africa with her husband and a houseful of dogs, one of whom is her guide dog, Fiji.
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Hi Lois (and Alexa)!
On the issue of audiobooks for South African authors: I’ve found that Audioshelf (located in SA) is a great way for us to get our books produced and distributed worldwide. I’ve used them for my books and can attest to their wonderful service 🙂 http://audioshelf.co.za/
Really appreciated this episode. Thank for including it. Asking before assuming and using sensitivity readers are practices I personally support.