New Autobiography Explores Adaptation to Disabilities

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Ruth Silver’s “Invisible” chronicles her refusal to let the loss of both her sight and hearing hold her back

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For the person who is deaf-blind this requires inner strength, emotional support and the willingness to learn new skills to communicate and remain independent

Author Ruth Silver presents her personal story of working through disability in her new autobiography “Invisible: My Journey Through Vision and Hearing Loss” (published by iUniverse). Through experiences both humorous and heartbreaking, Silver weaves a novel-like narrative of how she deals with the challenges of life, compounded by progressive vision and hearing losses.

Silver’s very personal story reveals an individual’s ability to suffer blow upon blow, to stumble and tumble, and to rise again and again to strive toward the brighter tomorrow. “For the person who is deaf-blind this requires inner strength, emotional support,” Silver says, “and the willingness to learn new skills to communicate and remain independent.”

An excerpt from “Invisible”:

“In addition to work, Marv and I enjoy ordinary things – some with adaptations. We enjoy concerts, plays (reading the scripts ahead of time), family gatherings, clothes shopping with Natalie (comedy hour), eating out, sitting close to read the Sunday New York Times over a two-hour breakfast, book club where each member talks into the microphone of my listening device, socializing in quiet areas, flying out to see the kids, and good old-fashioned cuddling. You don’t have to see and hear to enjoy a smorgasbord of activities and people.

And by the way, should you and I meet in the future, please touch my hand . . . say your name . . . and keep in mind that you are talking with an ordinary person who happens not to see and hear.”

A portion of the royalties from the sale of “Invisible” will be donated to the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons Inc., Milwaukee. For more information visit

About the Author
Ruth Silver shares her struggles to accept blindness and later hearing loss as she matured into the accomplished woman she is. Silver and her husband live in Milwaukee, where the nonprofit agency she founded to help others who are deaf-blind still thrives. Her daughter and two grandsons live in California.

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