The Things That You Can’t See
Pamela Pabst set her heart on a career in the legal profession at the tender age of eleven, refusing to allow her blindness to stand in the way of her ambition. In collaboration with author Shirley Michaela Seul, she tells us how she learned to see the world through different eyes.
Pamela is Germany’s first blind defence lawyer, and the story of how she turned her ambition into reality makes for a unique and impressive read. She pursued her goal with assiduous passion, treating her blindness as a minor impediment on her trajectory. In this book, she describes how she learned to follow her own path through a sighted world. Her parents sent her to an ordinary primary school and later to a high school at a time when the inclusion of people with disabilities was far from the norm. Despite the strength and confidence she gained from the experiences she made during her education, there were many obstacles on her path; difficult moments typified by feelings of exclusion, loneliness and isolation.
With great frankness and not the slightest trace of either sentimentality or self-pity, Pamela Pabst allows us an intimate insight into her life and encourages us all – the sighted as well as the blind – to believe in ourselves and follow our destinies.