Reagan Prior

Out Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Living With an Invisible Disability

Presented by: Reagan Prior
Faculty Advisor: Monica Wendel, Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Comedian Stella Young once said, “People are uncomfortable about disability, and so interactions can become unintentionally uncomfortable.” My project, “Three Strikes and You’re Out,” is an attempt to bridge this gap and confront the discomfort that discussion about disability can invoke. This collection of creative nonfiction confronts uncomfortable moments, finding both joy and tragedy in the experience of disability. My study of disability representation in the media, as well as much study of psychological texts such as the DSM-V, informs the creative nonfiction writing that is the basis of this project. This collection will braid together found texts and autobiography to illustrate the experience of having a disability that cannot be seen.