Cristina Hartmann is a DeafBlind writer whose fiction and non-fiction stories explore how our perception can shape our relationships. Her articles have been featured on Vox, Newsweek, Medium, among others. She is a graduate of Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was once a regulatory lawyer.
At the Anderson Center she worked on a short story about a sighted bystander trying to help a DeafBlind woman. The story is Cristina’s response to the Oscar-nominated short film, “Feeling Through” and its portrayal of a hearing-sighted teenager helping a DeafBlind man. Her story rejects the inspirational framework and explores the complexities and contradictions of the idea of “helping someone in need” from both characters’ perspectives.