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From the book "If this dog loves me enough to lay down his life for my survival, how can I just give up?" One misstep on a mountain climbing trip plunged Brenden McCarthy into darkness by stealing his sight and everything else he held dear. But a too-independent guide dog named Nelson just might lead him back to life . . . if they don't kick him out of guide dog school first. Brenden can't accept the fact that he's lost his sight. And Nelson can't accept that he's been paired with someone other than his former master. Just as Brenden starts to live again, a devastating setback causes him to try to end it all. Brenden releases Nelson and sits down in the middle of an intersection. At that moment, everything changes when Nelson freely decides he'd rather join Brenden in death than live without him. Now they need a leap of faith and a love beyond words to make it.
The author tells in diary format of his twenty-six days observing a young blind man training with a guide dog at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a school in New York state.
Lilli Masters agrees to accompany Detective Zack Faraday to Florida as his "emergency girlfriend" to hunt down a gang of thieves and get Zack's sister off his back. But Zack is surprised when Lilli, against orders from the FBI, solves the case and saves his sister's life.
Harriet McBryde Johnson isn't sure, but she thinks one of her earliest memories was learning that she will die. The message came from a maudlin TV commercial for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that featured a boy who looked a lot like her. Then as now, Johnson tended to draw her own conclusions. In secret, she carried the knowledge of her mortality with her and tried to sort out what it meant. By the time she realized she wasn't literally a dying child, she was living a grown-up life characterized by intense engagement with people, politics, work, struggle, and community, and also by a deep appreciation for the ephemeral beauty of life. Due to a congenital neuromuscular disease, Johnson has never been able to walk, dress, or bathe without assistance. With help, however, she lives life on her own terms, from the streets of Havana, where she covers an international disability rights conference, to the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, to an auditorium in Princeton, where she defends the value of lives like hers against philosopher Peter Singer. Her idea of fun leads her (as a law student) to take on the Secret Service during a presidential visit, as well as to undertake a last-minute campaign for local political office and to set the world endurance record for telethon protesting. And she may be the thinnest of all the thin women who have been photographed for the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Too Late to Die Young opens with a lyrical mediation on death and ends with a tough sermon on pleasure. In between, we get the tales Johnson most enjoys telling from her own life. This is not a book "about disability" but it will surprise anyone who has ever imagined that life with a severe disability is inherently worse than another kind of life. As disarmingly bold, funny, and unsentimental as Johnson herself, Too Late to Die Young marks the arrival of an unforgettable American voice.
This is the eighth book in the Kernel Books Series--a series of books in which people who are blind tell about life situations and how they coped with them. "What do toothpaste and railroad tracks have in common? Just about the same that axes and law books do--nothing and everything. They are the building blocks of the routine of daily existence. In a very real sense they are the essence of humanity itself. When I was younger (maybe 40 years ago), there was a popular song called "Little Things Mean a Lot." It dealt with what the title implies, but its message was much more than that. It was that each little incident (relatively unimportant in and of itself) combines with all of the other trivial events that are constantly happening to us to form the pattern of our lives. It is not the major events but the recurring details that make us what we are--that determine whether we will succeed or fail, be happy and productive or sad and miserable. Other books in this series are available from Bookshare."
Set in a hospital for crippled children, this novel explores the meaning of pain and suffering. Tortuga, meaning turtle, is a young boy who is paralyzed and is hospitalized. He nevertheless finds the courage to outdo pain and tragedy.
This is a scholarly document concerning the neurological aspects of visual impairment.
The story of Helen Keller's great teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy
The incredible, inspiring story of world-class climber Erik Weihenmayer, from the terrible diagnosis that foretold of the loss of his eyesight, to his dream to climb mountains, and finally his quest to reach each of the Seven Summits. Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would progressively unravel his retinas. Erik learned from doctors that he was destined to lose his sight by age thirteen. Yet from early on, he was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling, exciting life. In Touch the Top of the World, Erik recalls his struggle to push past the limits placed on him by his visual impairment--and by a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son's sight; the father who encouraged him to strive for that unreachable mountaintop. Erik was the first blind man to summit McKinley. Soon he became the first blind person to scale the infamous 3000-foot rock wall of El Capitan and then Argentina's Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia. He was married to his longtime sweetheart at 13,000 feet on the Shira Plateau on his way to Kilimanjaro's summit, and recently Erik scaled Polar Circus, the 30,000-foot vertical ice wall in Alberta, Canada. Erik's story is about having the vision to dream big; the courage to reach for near impossible goals; and the grit, determination, and ingenuity to transform our lives into "something miraculous. "To download an audio excerpt from Touch the Top of the World, visit the American Foundation for the Blind Web site.
The anthology of religious poetry and prose about blindness for the 75th Anniversary of The Lutheran Braille Library for the Blind.
A number of articles exploring ways people learn. Learning through touch instead of vision is contrasted.
This calmly eloquent, deeply perceptive memoir of a writer and theologian who lost his vision in his mid-forties conveys the unimaginable and ushers its readers into the world of blindness--a world in which the faces of loved ones recede into memory or speculation, while the presence of God becomes supremely important.
Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome (or Tourettes syndrome) is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder affecting five people inn every 10,000. It is characterized by multiple verbal and motor tic, which occur in bouts many times each day. These can be mild in some cases, but can reach a disabling extent in some sufferers, and can include some upsetting and anti-social behavior, such as involuntary swearing and obscene gestures in others. This book, written by a physiologist and a psychiatrist, who have been researching Tourette's syndrome for many years, explains the causes of the syndrome, how it is diagnosed, and the ways in which it can be treated. It includes a section providing clear answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the disorder and another chapter devoted to coping strategies for close relatives of people diagnosed as having Tourette's syndrome.
Toward Independence: The Use of Instructional Objective in Teaching Daily Living Skills to the Blindby Anne Yeadon
This book is an introduction to the use of instructional objectives in the teaching of severely visually impaired persons. While it happens to use a daily living skills course as an example of how a teacher might develop a course around this educational method, it is not a daily living skills teaching manual. A creative teacher should be able to adapt the approach as described in Toward Independence to many other subjects.
This portrait of New York's Lexington School for the Deaf is not just a work of journalism. It is also a memoir, since Leah Hager Cohen grew up on the school's campus and her father is its superintendent. As a hearing person raised among the deaf, Cohen appreciates both the intimate textures of that silent world and the gulf that separates it from our own.
In this book, you will meet three people who are important in training a dog to be a Guide Dog. Meet Paula, a puppy raiser, Peter a guide dog instructor and Jordinia and her guide dog Lljin. Learn how guide dogs are choosen, trained and how they work. From Australia.
Growing up a privileged Manhattan kid, Jeff Nichols should have had it all. Instead, he got a plethora of impairments: learning disabilities, a speech impediment, dyslexia, ADD, and a mild case of Tourette's syndrome. In Trainwreck, his weird and witty memoir of utter dysfunction, Nichols gives an irreverent look at how one "idoit" made good. Bounced from elite private schools, he limps through college, earning the nickname "Iron Lung" for his uncanny ability to inhale from a four-foot bong without coughing. By the skin of his teeth, he graduates and lands a job on Wall Street...as a moving target for coked-up traders tossing order cards at his head. Bumming money from his parents to pay for drugs and prostitutes, Nichols hits bottom before he discovers Alcoholics Anonymous, the perfect place to develop material for his new career in stand-up. Several disastrous twists and turns later, he finally makes good when a crazy stroke of luck leads to his story being turned into a feature film by the same production company behind indie hits like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Savages. Hilarious and oddly inspiring, Trainwreck is proof that a life disastrously lived can still turn out beyond anybody's wildest imaginings.
Louis's sister, Emily, is blind. She's also in the marching band, sculpts, and has the biggest bedroom in the house to accommodate her Braille machine. Everyone thinks her accomplishments are extraordinary, and most think that she can do no wrong. The single person who doesn't feel awe--or pity--for her is Louis, who wishes people would just stop comparing them. He wants his own life. Only a family tragedy can begin to bridge the widening gap between brother and sister. Part of the Gemma Open Door Series, originally designed for new readers, these books confirm the truth that a story doesn't have to be big to change the world. The Transcriberis specifically created for young adult readers.
WATCH FOR SUBMITTER'S REVIEW TO BE ADDED SHORTLY Dr. Ramsey is a member of the Henry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc. HBIGDA's well-known "Standards of Care" are listed as an Appendix. Note that these were the 1990 revisions and further revisions may have occurred. Ramsey clarifies many misunderstandings or questions via his lay-person's language to answer difficult questions. He himself states he supports even more restrictive timelines for treatment requirements than the HBIGDA's Standards. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychological Disorders, IV (DSM-IV) section on Gender Identity Disorder is also included as an Appendix. Validator did not validate Appendices D & E or the bibliography. I think it's comprehensible, but if you need it improved, contact Cindy, firstname.lastname@example.org
This report marks the first attempt to pull together the knowledge of a large number of people related to the problem of travel in adverse weather for people who have visual impairments. These ideas represent the state of the art as defined by a wide sample of practitioners from all over the United States who participated in the National Conference on Travel in Adverse Weather in Minneapolis in February, 1975.
An Orientation and mobility instructor describes her teaching life and activities with her students.
In this sequel to The Children of Green Knowe, nine-year-old Tolly returns to spend another vacation with his great-grandmother. This time she tells him stories about Susan, a blind girl who grew up at Green Knowe some 150 years before. Susan's mother, grandmother, and older brother treat her with a suffocating blend of pity, contempt, and overprotectiveness. Her father, however, has faith in her abilities and is determined to give her opportunities to learn and grow. On a voyage to Barbadoes he buys a lively young slave boy, Jacob, to be Susan's companion. Both children are mischievous and adventurous, and Susan blossoms as their friendship develops. This book was originally published in 1958. For its time it provides a remarkably realistic and sensitive portrait of a blind child living in the days before Braille, mlbility, or schools for the blind.
Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders : Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies for Communication and Social Interactionsby Patricia A. Prelock Rebecca J. Mccauley
The authors aim to make the research and clinical literature on ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), accessible to a wide range of audiences -- parents and families of children with ASDs, frontline professionals and students, and professors who study ASDs.
Grady is skateboarding toward a major decision. No longer able to live with his grandmother, fifteen-year-old Grady Grennan has to find a new address. one option is to move in with his mentally disabled half brother, Louie, in Seattle. But that poses a problem: Louie's adoptive mother, Vickie, and Grady are about as compatible as Mozart and heavy metal. Nevertheless, Grady's testing the waters. He's in Seattle for a concert tribute to his and Louie's mother, a grunge rock icon who died three years ago. Grady has been invited to speak at the tribute, but what is he supposed to say to thousands of adoring fans about a mother who abandoned her sons in favor of a musical career? Both humorous and deeply moving, Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star poses challenging, provocative questions to all sorts of readers -- cynics, liberals, slackers, and rock stars included.
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