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2022 Keynote Talk

Keynote Speaker: Elsa Sjunneson

Tuesday November 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Envisioning Disabled Audiences

Location: Colorado A-F

This talk will be about the ableism built into the tech and academia worlds, and how people working within those spaces can work to undo ableism in their roles. The focus will particularly be on how to imagine students, employees, and customers as disabled and how that changes the way you build courses and content.


A white woman in profile with short hair wearing purple hearing aids, leather vest, pearl necklace, and striped button-down top, looking into distance with Seattle skyline behind her. The light of the sunset gleams in her glasses.
Photo credit: Lis Mitchell, 2021.

Elsa Sjunneson‘s Bio

Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind author and editor living in Seattle, Washington. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has been praised as “eloquence and activism in lockstep” and has been published in dozens of venues around the world. She has been a Hugo Award finalist seven times, and has won Hugo, Aurora, and BFA awards for her editorial work. When she isn’t writing, Sjunneson works to dismantle structural ableism and rebuild community support for disabled people everywhere. Her work includes her debut memoir Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism, her Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla novel Sword of the White Horse, and her episode for Radiolab “The Helen Keller Exorcism.

For more about Ela Sjunneson, go to her website snarkbat.com