Beverly Biderman

Author, arts educator, and disabilities activist.   

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Beverly Biderman’s first career was in Information Technology where she worked at everything from coding to campus-wide IT planning at the University of Toronto. Her next (and current) career is as a writer. She is the author of a memoir of growing up deaf and learning to hear with a cochlear implant, Wired for Sound: A Journey into Hearing. In 2016, this memoir became the basis of a modern opera by Carlos Alberto Augusto.

Bev also gives art tours at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, with a special focus on the art and influences of Canadian Indigenous peoples. She has published many articles and essays on the subject of disabilities, and is a former Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hearing Society. She believes that her deafness has been an important factor in who she is, her perspectives, her personality, and her values.