Born deaf and with Usher Syndrome; totally blind by age 40. Graduated the New Jersey School for the Deaf; passed up entry into Gallaudet College to go into the workplace instead; soon married James Tunison. Retrained at the Helen Keller National Center in 1992 and worked at a teaching internship there for 21 months. Gave many motivational talks and seminars about coping with deaf-blindness to both normal and deaf-blind audiences. Finally entered Gallaudet University in 1994, graduating 2000 with a B.A., summa cum laude. Sister, also deaf, was Chereyl Lynn Weisgerber Rhodes (q.v.).
Step Into the Circle, p.19-23.