Touch the Future

John Lee Clark


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WW Norton & Co
17 November 2023
ISBN: 9781324035367
208 pages

From the publisher

Born Deaf into an ASL-speaking family and blind by adolescence, John Lee Clark learned to embrace the possibilities of his tactile world. He is on the frontlines of the Protactile movement, which gave birth to an unprecedented tactile language and a way of life based on physical connection. In a series of paradigm-shifting essays, Clark reports on seismic developments within the DeafBlind community. In "Against Access", he interrogates the prevailing advocacy for "accessibility" that re-creates a shadow of a hearing-sighted experience. In the National Magazine Award-winning "Tactile Art", he describes his relationship to visual art and encounters with tactile sculpture. He advocates for "Co-Navigation", a new way of guiding that respects DeafBlind agency, and offers a brief history of the term "DeafBlind". As warm and witty as he is radical and inspiring, Clark welcomes readers into the exciting Protactile landscape and celebrates the hidden knowledge that can be gained through touch.