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A paralyzed stroke victim and poet tells her story of decades of being treated as a vegetable in a public hospital and her release from isolation when a speech therapist taught her to communicate. Julia Tavalaro had it all, a beautiful young daughter, and a loving husband, until two strokes left her in a coma for three years. When she finally emerged, she couldn't move her arms or legs, and couldn't speak except to groan. She had a tube that helped her breathe, and was being fed liquids to survive. For six years she was treated like a vegetable, until a speech therapist discovered she was cognizant, and so began her journey of learning to communicate.
Looking at Employment Through a Lifespan Telescope: Age, Health, and Employment Status of People with Serious Visual Impairmentby Corinne Kirchner Emilie Schmeidler Alexander Todorov
This book gathers representative survey data from the legally blind population on employment issues, and analyzes it using a lifespan perspective (considering age, career stage, and age-at-onset of visual impairment), which is critical to understanding widely different employment issues for subgroups of the blind and visually impaired population.
Looking Beyond Limitations: A New Understanding of Learning Disabilities in a Disabling School Systemby Joan Kilbourne Steve Köehmstedt
An investigation into the ways in which educational institutions disable students with learning disabilities.
Perry a yellow labrador tells about a day in his life. Where he goes with his owner Sara to the park, to the post office, to a diner, and to a school where Sara tells about guide dogs. Perry also remembers the time Sara and him walked from Boston to New York to show what a Guide dog could do.<P><P> Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
This handbook provides teachers with practical tips and advice on improving literacy skills for students with low vision with easy-to-understand explanations of vital topics such as interpreting eye reports, performing functional vision assessments, and working with low vision service providers along with chapters on games and activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.
Implement a more constructive approach to difficult students Lost and Found is a follow-up to Dr. Ross Greene's landmark works, The Explosive Child and Lost at School, providing educators with highly practical, explicit guidance on implementing his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Problem Solving model with behaviorally-challenging students. While the first two books described Dr. Greene's positive, constructive approach and described implementation on a macro level, this useful guide provides the details of hands-on CPS implementation by those who interact with these children every day. Readers will learn how to incorporate students' input in understanding the factors making it difficult for them to meet expectations and in generating mutually satisfactory solutions. Specific strategies, sample dialogues, and time-tested advice help educators implement these techniques immediately. The groundbreaking CPS approach has been a revelation for parents and educators of behaviorally-challenging children. This book gives educators the concrete guidance they need to immediately begin working more effectively with these students. Implement CPS one-on-one or with an entire class Work collaboratively with students to solve problems Study sample dialogues of CPS in action Change the way difficult students are treated The discipline systems used in K-12 schools are obsolete, and aren't working for the kids to whom they're most often applied - those with behavioral challenges. Lost and Found provides a roadmap to a different paradigm, helping educators radically transform the way they go about helping their most challenging students.
Lost Eye: Coping with Monocular Vision After Enucleation or Eye Loss from Cancer, Accident, or Diseaseby Jay D. Adkisson
Lost Eye is a collection of e-mails and message threads from Jay Adkisson's LostEye.com website, along with articles and other helpful information to help persons who have lost an eye to cope with the experience. The message is that life can continue as normal after the loss of an eye, and that there are many other people who are similarly situated and have successfully coped with the loss of an eye for many years.
In Lost Girls, bestselling author George D. Shuman's riveting new thriller, beautiful blind psychic Sherry Moore becomes embroiled in her most perilous and disturbing case to date and finds that the lives of hundreds of women hang in the balance. Sherry Moore would do anything for her confidant and best friend, retired Admiral Garland Brigham. So when he suddenly asks her to assist a team of U.S. Navy SEALs in a daring high-altitude rescue on Mount McKinley, she doesn't hesitate and soon finds herself flying across the country to hang vertically off an Alaskan cliff, tethered to Captain Brian Metcalf. Sherry, renowned for her ability to see the last eighteen-seconds of a deceased person's memory, takes the hand of a dead climber, hoping to ascertain the whereabouts of his missing climbing team. But what she sees leaves her with visions that will haunt her long past Alaska. While rumors of slave girls being trafficked around the Caribbean have circulated for years, little credible evidence has been uncovered about these "lost girls." When detective inspector Roily King George recovers the body of a young blond woman, naked except for a shocking tattoo branded onto her cheek, he knows she may hold the key to toppling this criminal underworld. Through delicate back-channel negotiations, Sherry arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, to see the deceased and finds that things are more complicated than she thought: the remains are of Jill Bishop, an American teenager last seen in a Santo Domingo marketplace. Carol Bishop, relentless in her pursuit to.find out how her daughter died, and Sherry, the distressing images from Mount McKinley still fresh in her memory, embark on a frantic hunt for clues from the Dominican Republic to the remote jungles of Haiti, racing against time to save others from Jill's fate. Along the way, Sherry must confront a legendary voodoo priest, who possesses abilities eerily similar to her own, and take on a man whose depraved practices give new meaning to the word evil.
The author relates how she discovered a combination of behavioral therapy, diet and supplements that saved her son Evan from autism.
Louis was 12 years old and blind, but he made up his mind that he was going to invent an easy way for all blind people to read and write. It took him 3 years to work out his alphabet of raised dots.
A biography of Louis Braille which is written for young adult readers. An excellent choice for a book report.
When Jenny Lexhed and her husband have their first child, Lucas, they are living the dream. They're happily married, they've just bought a house, the company they built together from the ground up is starting to blossom. But with the arrival of their son, a feeling of anxiety slips into their life. What starts as a feeling becomes a conviction. Lucas is not like other children. Everything seems to indicate, and psychiatric evaluation concludes, that their son is severely autistic. Will he ever be able to communicate?Jenny vows to do whatever she can to help Lucas connect with his parents and others and live an independent life. Tossed between hope and despair, she begins a frantic effort to research the best among many competing therapies and find exactly the right treatment for her son. Her obsession takes her to the brink of exhaustion-and over, when she suffers a psychotic breakdown and must be committed to a psychiatric clinic. There begins another journey, to find her balance and recover her strong, healthy life, before she can begin again to fight for her son.Both brutally honest and deeply affecting, Love Is Not Enough is a page-turning memoir that offers insight into autism and what a parent goes through for her child.
From the Book jacket: Can my dog do therapy work? * Who can train a therapy dog? What does the owner need to know? How can my dog become certified? What problems am I likely to encounter? *Should our facility have its own resident therapy pet? If you have been asking some of these questions, Love On A Leash is the book for you! Liz Palika is an expert on dogs, training, and therapy work. 'Through her efforts thousands of people have been touched with canine affection. Now she shares that experience. Love on a Leash gives you all the tips, methods, and techniques for choosing, training, and working with a therapy dog, as well as telling you how to make your visit a success. You just may discover that you have a four-footed therapist waiting to share miraculous canine love!
Rainey (women's studies, Bowling Green State U. , Ohio), whose late partner had multiple sclerosis, presents a study of relationships between disabled and nondisabled partners. Rather than dwell on popular culture and medical perspectives on such relationships, the author examines the complexities of care and sexual intimacy in pre-and post-disability couples in focus groups, in feminist, queer theory, and other postmodern frameworks. She concludes that feminist and disability activists/scholars need to develop new narratives that emphasize equality in such relationships. Methodological notes and an annotated list of the self-representations and articles analyzed are appended.
The author and psychologist gives us a "travelogue" of her pregnancy while struggling to keep mental illness at bay
Hanna was more animal than child, and no one else wanted her in their classroom. Even in the school for emotionally disturbed children where Mary MacCracken taught, Hannah was considered a hopeless case. Could Mary reach her?
This research report, based on a multiphase survey of professionals, identifies important trends into the next century. Designed for administrators, policy planners and university instructors, as well as for direct service providers, Low Vision includes background overview papers by six eminent leaders in the low vision field.
Low vision rehabilitation is rapidly growing as a specialty practice for occupational therapists. This growth requires practical, evidence-based information on the evaluation and treatment of the effects of low vision on occupational performance. Responding to this need, Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists blends standards of practice that have been developed over 50 years by low vision therapists and optometrists, with the latest scientific research and the unique perspective of occupational therapists. Low Vision Rehabilitation presents an emerging model in which occupational therapists practice as part of a team of vision rehabilitation professionals serving adults with low vision. Occupational therapists offer a unique contribution to the vision rehabilitation team, with a focus on meaningful occupational goals, the incorporation of occupation into therapy, and the orchestration of environmental, social, and non-visual personal factors into a treatment plan. Mitchell Scheiman, Maxine Scheiman, and Stephen Whittaker have developed a practical and straightforward text outlining an evaluation approach to interventions that focus on recovering occupational performance in adults. Special features * Incorporates concepts from the AOTA Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process * Provides most of the core knowledge required for the ACVREP low vision certification examination and AOTA specialty certification in low vision * Includes an occupational therapy vision rehabilitation evaluation consisting of four components: occupational profile/case history, evaluation of visual factors, environmental evaluation, evaluation of occupational performance * Emphasizes intervention and low vision rehabilitation treatment including modification of the environment, use of non-optical assistive devices, use of optical devices, and use of computer technology * Provides valuable information on how to start an independent practice in low vision rehabilitation * Includes chapters on diabetic management and electronic assistive technology * Includes access to a companion website with printable forms and additional resources with text purchase Written by authors who are optometrists, occupational therapists, researchers, and certified low vision therapists (CLVT), Low Vision Rehabilitation employs an interdisciplinary perspective that is unique, practical, and credible.
A user friendly guide to current philosophies on up-to-date medical, optical, and technical information, and practical methodologies and adaptations for Students with Visual impairments.
Katie is a promising figure skater whose divorced mother drives her relentlessly to perfect her skills, at almost any expense. What her mother and coach don't know, but her English teacher begins to figure out, is that when Katie gets to an emotional edge, she hides and cuts herself; the pain and blood help focus her mind. Not until she goes over that edge one day at school and begins slamming her locker door on her hand and then banging her head on the wall does she begin to get the professional help she needs. After a couple of false starts, she finds a psychiatrist experienced in working with teens in trouble who enables her to tell truths she hasn't for years been able to admit to herself or speak of to anyone else. Her mother resists other adults' help and almost succeeds in getting her out of therapy, especially group therapy with girls her mother labels "delinquents." But Katie finally manages to make some choices against her mother's wishes--an immense step out of the depths of years of co-dependence. As the story ends, she has come to realize the girls in the group are capable of being real friends--something she hasn't had for a long while--and she is capable of making choices toward her own healing, the first of which is to seek and accept real help and to distinguish it from pleasing adults who are using her to assuage their own pain.
Facing up to a cheater at an elite soccer day camp and some difficult events at home helps eleven-year-old Lucy do some growing up during a summer which, while very different from the one she imagined, turns out to be just right.
British pianist George Shearing emigrated to the United States in 1947, going on to achieve success in an American jazz world impressed with the accomplishments of the blind musician. In his autobiography he narrates his childhood, his beginnings in music, and his activities and encounters in the world of jazz. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This easy-to-read book explains Lupus. How does Lupus affect people? What can be done if someone develops lupus?
The acclaimed book on macular degeneration--now completely revised and updated with cutting edge research and the latest developments in the field.More than fifteen million Americans have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and the disease will strike 200,000 more people this year. It is the most prevalent cause of vision loss in the western world. Dr. Lylas Mogk, the founding director of the Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center of the Henry Ford Health System, has a unique professional and personal understanding of AMD. A doctor and loving daughter of a parent with this frightening though manageable condition, Mogk here explains exactly what it is and how to limit its effect on your life. Reassuring and comprehensive--complete with illuminating first person stories of people with AMD--Macular Degeneration will help you or someone you love with information on* Reducing your risk factors* Revolutionary new technology, including laser surgery and alternative treatments* New research discoveries in nutrition--and eye-healthy recipes* The latest low-vision computer software programs* Coping with depression and frustration* Active online communities of people with macular degeneration Plus a Low Vision Living Rehab program to help you read better, see better, and live independently!From the Trade Paperback edition.
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