Lycoming College to host deaf rights activist

Lycoming College to host deaf rights activist

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Lycoming College Equality Affinity Community Housing (EACH) will host Rikki Poynter, YouTube personality and deaf rights activist, to campus to speak on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall, at the corner of Basin and Fourth streets. The event is free and open to the public.

Poynter’s presentation, “Deafness, Audism, and Accessibility,” will focus on educating the audience on the deaf community, the challenges they face and how to better interact with people who have disabilities.

Poynter is a 24-year-old Deaf vlogger on YouTube from North Carolina who addresses the issues faced by the deaf and hard of hearing community in her videos. Through her online presence, she raises awareness for what she calls a “hidden disability” by touching on issues such as ableism, and more specifically audism, and how it affects herself and others like her.

Poynter’s work has been the topic of many articles, appearing in the Huffington Post, BBC, ABC News, Mic News and Upworthy, as well as news venues in other countries. Her influence has been discussed on BBC SEE HEAR and her work earned her an invitation to this year's VidCon as a featured creator. VidCon is a conference that hosts some of the most innovative and influential YouTube creators who perform, discuss and connect with about 20,000 attendees and fans.

The speaker is sponsored by the Equality Affinity Community Housing program, one of several residential campus communities formed as part of a new program in which students and faculty explore thematic academic interests beyond formal classroom boundaries.

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