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Hank and his friends are at it again. Will Hank be stuck in a hot classroom all summer and be able to join his friends in some cool activities?
It's one of the greatest challenges one can face on Earth: an ascent to the top of the world on the slopes of Mount Everest. Eric Alexander experienced grace and a faith-empowering journey he will never forget as part of a record-setting team in May 2001, scaling the heights of Everest with his friend, blind climber Erik Weihenmayer. Experience some of the most dangerous locations in the world, including abject terror on Ama Dablam, a blind ski descent of Russia's Mount Elbrus, and up Kilimanjaro in Africa with four blind teens Gain wisdom in the application of trust, courage, innovation, teamwork, leadership, and integrity to overcome your own Everests. Discover practical faith lessons learned on the highest peaks of six continents. Here is the powerful story of Eric Alexander and his unique life journey of guiding people with disabilities as they overcome the most perilous places of the world. Follow in their footsteps, and learn about faith, trust, prayer, depending on God, as well as the perseverance needed in your own life. Be inspired and motivated by Eric's insight, not simply to survive but to thrive every day in God's grace.
In this book you will meet "a blind college student worrying about meeting the challenges of his summer job as a camp counselor, a blind grandmother who wants to share storybooks with her baby granddaughter, a teen-ager fearing the loss of physical freedom she thought would necessarily accompany the loss of eyesight, and a second-grader hurt by his school teacher's obvious disdain for her blind students." Other books in this series are available from Bookshare.
From the Book Jacket: "Torey Hayden has the rare ability to write about love and hate and loyalty in ways which never fail to move the reader. I was deeply touched by The Sunflower Forest. Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People The stunning fiction debut of a writer whose great compassion for youth and extraordinary narrative power have endeared her to readers everywhere. How do you keep it together when you're a normal, well-adjusted teenager in a family gone mad? Seventeen-year-old Lesley doesn't know. Justifiably preoccupied with high school, the prospect of college, and her first serious romance, she must also deal with a mother whose dark and tragic past in Nazi-occupied Europe drives her closer to insanity every day; with a father unwilling to acknowledge his wife's deteriorating mental state; and with a sister too young to know the difference between craziness and health. Torn between an intimate reality that is insane and the worldly pressures of her own coming of age, Lesley must muster all her strength-to stand firm in the face of the cataclysm that will soon come down on all their heads.
The booktells the story of the author's life without sight,a memoir that recalls the activities that brought him international acclaim as a scientist, policymaker, and advocate.
This book discusses how children with learning differences can get along better in school, set goals, and plan for the future. With references and index.
This easy-to-use guide addresses the disability-related aspects of going on an international exchange, including choosing a program, applying, preparing to travel, adjusting to life in a new country, and returning home.
From the book: The first book of its kind, Surviving an Eating Disorder is an inspiring yet realistic guide written expressly for parents, spouses, friends, relatives, and all others who are the "silent sufferers" of anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating. Whether you've just begun to suspect a problem or have been facing the frightening reality of a serious disorder for some time, this reassuring book will help you to overcome feelings of confusion, helplessness, and anger and to take new actions that will encourage the recovery process. The authors, three leading experts in the field, explain what you can expect from the eating-disordered person--and yourself---and what kind of support is available. Drawing on the authors' extensive experience in counseling individuals, groups, and families, and illustrated throughout with vivid case examples, Surviving an Eating Disorder will help answer all your questions, large and small: Why is this happening? Can I keep sweets in the house? What do I say when she asks if she looks fat? How can I help him with his diet? Should I suggest therapy? Will things get better? In Part I, "Gaining Perspective," the authors discuss the psychological components of eating disorders as well as the family contexts in which they develop. Part II, "Confronting the Problem," offers guidance for bringing the problem out into the open, getting the person into treatment, and coping with the possibility of anger and denial. In Part III, "Using New Strategies," the authors show how the situation can be made better--now--by disengaging from the eating disorder (with practical suggestions for handling such daily issues as mealtimes, messy bathrooms, money, and requests for advice) while reestablishing a relationship with the eating disordered person based on issues other than food and weight. The guide concludes with names and addresses of national organizations and a list of suggested readings.
An uncommonly intelligent and honest look at how living with a disease can affect every aspect of a person's life. Diabetes is one of the strangest and most insidious of all diseases: a diabetic can give the appearance of robust health and often lead a long and active life, but within moments can be catastrophically ill, even dead. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, where over 16 million people have the disease. The related statistics are staggering: diabetes makes an individual two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke and it is the leading cause among adults, of blindness, renal disease, and lower-limb amputations. Lisa Roney was diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, just before her twelfth birthday. Sweet Invisible Body is her candid and exquisitely written account of living with a disease that directly impacts the choices she makes in every aspect of her life every day, from food and exercise to career and family. Moreover, and most remarkable, is Roney's willingness to intelligently explore and reveal the usually hidden consequences of living with a disease such as diabetes: how it erodes self-esteem, induces feelings of vulnerability, influences sexual choices, and leads to a heightened awareness of mortality. Full of wisdom, humor, and practical advice, Sweet Invisible Body will be welcomed by diabetics and their friends and families who have never had a spokesperson as articulate, honest, and insightful as Lisa Roney.
In 1989, Karen Overhill walks into psychiatrist Richard Baer's office complaining of vague physical pains and depression. Odder still, she reveals that she's suffering from a persistent memory problem. Routinely, she "loses" parts of her day, finding herself in places she doesn't remember going to or being told about conversations she doesn't remember having. Her problems are so pervasive that she often feels like an impersonator in her own life; she doesn't recognize the people who call themselves her friends, and she can't even remember being intimate with her own husband. Baer recognizes that Karen is on the verge of suicide and, while trying various medications to keep her alive, attempts to discover the root cause of her strange complaints. It's the work of months, and then years, to gain Karen's trust and learn the true extent of the trauma buried in her past. What she eventually reveals is nearly beyond belief, a narrative of a childhood spent grappling with unimaginable horror. How has Karen survived with even a tenuous grasp on sanity? Under hypnosis, alternate Karen personalities reveal themselves in shocking variety and with undeniable traits - both physical and psychological. One "alter" is a young boy filled with frightening aggression; another an adult male who considers himself Karen's protector; and a third a sassy flirt who seeks dominance over the others. It's only by compartmentalizing her pain, guilt, and fear in this fashion-by "switching time" with alternate selves as the situation warrants - that Karen has been able to function since childhood. Realizing that his patient represents an extreme case of multiple personality disorder, Baer faces the daunting task of creating a therapy that will make Karen whole again. Somehow, in fact, he must gain the trust of each of Karen's seventeen "alters" and convince them of the necessity of their own annihilation. As powerful as Sybil or The Three Faces of Eve, Switching Time is the first complete account of such therapy to be told from the perspective of the treating physician, a devoted healer who worked selflessly for decades so that Karen could one day live as a single human being. This book includes grim and disturbing, though not grisly descriptions of child abuse. It also contains language that is objectionable to many people.
A text on vocational guidance of individuals with disabilities.
While Krissy is busy trying to earn money to go to the play, she often finds herself trying to see as Kate does. "She's an ordinary kid. Treat her that way. That had been her mom's advice. And it had worked! But her mom had been wrong about one thing. Kate was not ordinary. She was special." At the end of this book is a cool treasure chest which kids can make.
Here is guidance for blind job seekers
Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorderby Jennifer Engel Fisher Janet Price
Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens With Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder is a unique handbook for kids and teens on living successful lives with these disorders by taking control of their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. Drawing on their experiences as parents and teachers of students with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD), the authors provide tips on understanding the disorders, living with the symptoms, succeeding in school, completing homework, talking to others about strengths and needs, making friends and socializing, and using technology to connect with other kids and teens with these disorders. By interviewing dozens of kids and teens who live with AS and NLD, the authors include ideas, information, and advice for students, by students just like them. This handy guidebook is sure to help any child or teen with AS or NLD navigate life's challenges with successful outcomes.
Many Victorian children's books written for girls show a lively, rebellious heroine who, by the end of the story, is tamed and ready to take on the role of submissive young woman. In a number of works, a temporary disability is the crucible which teaches these headstrong girls lessons in patience and humility. Sometimes goodness and will-power are rewarded with a miraculous cure. In other works a dying child serves as a lesson to the living, modeling endurance and faith. Lois Keith explores such themes in children's classics including Little Women, Heidi, The Secret Garden, and Pollyanna. In her final chapter she considers depictions of illness and disability and children's literature of the mid to late 20th century.
A true story of the author's loss of vision as a young woman and of her adaptation to blindness.
(front flap) Imagine a village where everyone "speaks" sign language. Just such a village - an isolated Bedouin community in Israel with an unusually high rate of deafness - is at the heart of Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind. There, an indigenous sign language has sprung up, used by deaf and hearing villagers alike. It is a language no outsider has been able to decode, until now. A New York Times reporter trained as a linguist, Margalit Fox is the only Western journalist to have set foot in this remarkable village. In Talking Hands, she follows an international team of scientists that is unraveling this mysterious language. Because the sign language of the village has arisen completely on its own, outside the influence of any other language, it is a living demonstration of the "language instinct," man's inborn capacity to create language. If the researchers can decode this language, they will have helped isolate ingredients essential to all human language, signed and spoken. But as Talking Hands grippingly shows, their work in the village is also a race against time, because the unique language of the village may already be endangered. Talking Hands offers a fascinating introduction to the signed languages of the world- languages as beautiful, vital and emphatically human as any other- explaining why they are now furnishing cognitive scientists with long-sought keys to understanding how language works...
Various individuals tell their story of overcoming blindness and becoming productive employed members of society. Their experiences are an encouragement to all of us who must overcome challenges.
Tara and the Place of Irish Kings: A Memoir Based on the Writings and Life of Tara Owen, June 18, 1973 - October 24, 2001by Gail Joseph Owen Vanessa Davis Griggs
Tara Owen was born with cystic fibrosis (CF). A beautiful young woman, she fought courageously to live life on her own terms. She continued to fight for over 28 years, until a tragic error brought her battle to an end. This story is not about her death; it's about her life. Smart, beautiful, and full of love with so much to live for, yet she had every reason to have had an understandably lousy attitude. Tara's story will fill you with hope and a sense of purpose. Facets of her life are included in this story where wisdom nuggets permeate. With such love for family and a fondness for a farm she called, "The place fit for Irish kings," this story is a celebration of Tara's life and the people that meant the most to her. The reality of the illness she bravely battled will be part of the story. How else could her story be told? It's an account of perseverance, hope, love, and the desire to live life to its fullest. We'll take the journey with Tara from birth until her death. And in the space of her life, we'll learn what it means to love and to triumph through adversity, regardless. Twenty-eight years may not be long for many, but when one has inside them the heart of kings, great times and a life of love and being loved will somehow encompass you.
Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don't Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3rd edition)by Shirley Cohen
Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with or cares about a young child with autism. First published in 1998 and updated in 2002, author Shirley Cohen has recast this best seller throughout to chart the dynamics of the autism world in the first years of the twenty-first century. In this expanded edition she provides specifics about the new developments that have modified the map of the world of autism or that may do so in the near future.
Maggie's still getting used to middle school. One of her teachers is, too-Mr. Carlson, her new science teacher, is blind, and is working with a guide dog for the first time. Scout is a love of a German shepherd and really wants to do his job, but Maggie can tell that Mr. Carlson's still having a hard time. Maybe she can help. . . .
The first volume in the Jobs That Matter series, Teachers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired profiles 18 visually impaired individuals who have successfully fulfilled their dreams of becoming teachers. Included in this volume are educators of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, and geographic locations across the United States, who work in the classroom in ways that are both surprisingly similar and dramatically different from one another. These engaging individuals demonstrate how visually impaired teachers can be effective in their jobs and achieve classroom success and satisfaction. Designed to inspire young people who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and the professionals who work with them about careers that are available, the books in the Jobs That Matter series are meant to expand readers' horizons by showing a wide range of employment possibilities.
Teaching Age-Appropriate Purposeful Skills: An Orientation & Mobility Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments (3rd Edition) (Part 1: The Curriculum)by Debra Sewell Rona Pogrund Heidi Anderson Lisa Calaci Mary Faith Cowart Carolina M. Gonzalez Ruth Ann Marsh Burnsteen Roberson-Smith
An Orientation and Mobility curriculum for teachers and specialists to help visually challenged students realize a fundamental right to independent and fulfilling life : being able to travel whenever and wherever an individual wants to go.
Teachers and teacher trainers will find this clear, well-written text to be an invaluable resource in addressing the needs of myriad and unique students, especially those with disabilities.
This book presents principles and applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a research-based framework for responding to individual learning differences and a blueprint for the modern redesign of education. Early chapters lay out the foundation of UDL, describing neuroscience research on learning differences, the uses of digital media in the classroom, and the creation of flexible curricula. Later chapters show how to set appropriate goals for each student, how to choose methods and materials, and how to assess students' progress. The authors are cofounders and codirectors of the Center for Applied Special Technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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