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The author tells the story of raising her deaf daughter.
Frank DeFord tells the heartbreaking, yet uplifting story of his daughter Alex's brief life. She died of cystic fibrosis at the age of eight.
No one understands them- but they understand each other. Lester's smart, handsome, and thoughtful-but he has cerebral palsy, and that's all anyone sees. It's the same for Alfred, Claire, and Myron. Alfred is incredibly honest and kind; Claire pulls no punches; Myron makes sure that everyone is taken care of. On the outside, though, Alfred is "slow," mentally challenged; Claire is a tomboy; and Myron is overweight and clumsy. The four meet and quickly band together, and soon they're working on an amazing project: The Getaway, a full-size boat they're building" in Myron's basement. Can four misfits make something beautiful to show the world? Can they enjoy approval from their parents and kids their age, going out without being made fun of, freedom, laughs and accomplishments other kids seem to take for granted? Alfred's summer is a summer of close calls, hard falls, good times and tough times and life getting more worthwhile and exciting.
A biography of the Cuban ballerina who founded her own ballet school and company, performed with the Ballet Russe, and continued to dance even after she lost her sight.
Psychiatrist Dr. Brenden McCarthy determines he'll do whatever it takes to rescue a young marine from despair. But ultimately it's McCarthy's big-hearted and courageous black Labrador, Nelson, who teaches both men the real meaning of life after near-death.
For younger children. From the Book jacket: All About Braille: Reading By Touch will tell you about Braille and finger reading. For those who cannot see or are losing their sight, Braille lets them read and communicate with others. Using special tools such as Braille writers that work like typewriters and Braille displays that hook up to computers, people can write letters and send e-mail. Learn more about the history of Braille and how it has opened the doors of communication.
All Children Have Different Eyes is the only picture book to model healthy social development of children with visual impairment while also helping children with normal vision become aware and tolerant of the limitations of kids who have low vision. Realistic characters who live with strabismus (crossed eyes), nystagmus (wobbly eyes), albinism, nearsightedness, cataract, red/green color deficiency, and other conditions confidently model how to: 1) Deal with bullies, 2) Handle mistakes responsibly, 3) Explain their condition, and 4) Take leadership roles. Engaging activities in the back of the book help parents and teachers reinforce the competencies modeled in the story. A free Teacher Guide for grades K-3 at www.lowvisionkids.com integrate the important lessons of the book with educational standards in Reading, Writing, Art and even Physical Education. With this training and awareness, all kids can learn to become better friends rather than exclusive and intolerant classmates and neighbors.
Ved Mehta joined the staff of The New Yorker in the 1960s, blind since the age of four and already on his way to a career as a writer. In a series of four relationships he demanded that his lovers, like him, pretend he could see. With lyrical and stirring accuracy, Mehta revisits these love affairs today, tracing the links between his denial of his disability and the cruel transformations that each of his lovers underwent. "Poignant and occasionally hilarious."-The New York Times Book Review. "This elegant volume remains a striking piece of insight into the nature of love."-Publishers Weekly. "[An] excoriatingly truthful and heartbreaking account of the pursuit and loss of love. ..."-The Times of London. "A mesmerizing account ... the most arresting passages are Mehta's mind-expanding descriptions of how he perceives the world. "-Booklist.
Ally's Busy Day is the story about a typical day of a service dog named Ally. She helps her owner, who is blind and a quadriplegic, throughout her day. From odd jobs around the house and into the community, Ally serves with pride. When Ally works she wears a special vest so people know she is on the job.
Ronnie Milsap, a legend in country music, shares the story of his life including the obstacles and opportunities created by his blindness. He describes his childhood in the rural south and gives an insider's view of life at a school for the blind. He chronicles his entry into country music and shares stories about his travels.
From the book jacket: A year has passed since puppy raiser Diego handed Aloha's harness over to her blind partner Kimberly Louise. Now Diego is traveling to Georgia to visit his beloved friend again! This heartwarming story follows the exciting cross-country adventures and moving scenarios of a diverse group of family and friends. Although Aloha is a central figure in this intriguing story, she shares the stage with human actors who make this more than a tale about a blind woman and her guide dog. Learning from the devoted Aloha's example, they discover they are capable of weathering any storm and triumphing over every setback. From the opening chapter where Aloha rescues Kimberly Louise from the wheels of an unseen car, through the consequences of a horrific storm and finally to the riveting last chapter, we identified with the unfolding relationship forged between a blind person and canine partner. We thrilled as teenager Diego evolved from Aloha's puppy raiser to Miss Kimberly Louise's friend and eventually to hero. sequel to Hello, Goodbye, I Love You:
A father and son are both violently murdered. Captain Duncan MacLain must get to the bottom of the mystery before he becomes a target too.
Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion
Donovan Mitchell has been serving God faithfully for the last 28 years. His confinement to a wheelchair, has not deterred neither has it dampened his spirit, and love for the church and for his Lord. The poetic gift that God has impregnated him with has been a blessing to the local church in particular and to the community in general. At Mount Carmel Church Donovan Mitchell is accepted and accommodated as a human being of equal dignity and standing (status). I believe that the dissemination of the message of the love of God, inherent and tangible in the poems will administer the mercies of heaven to the reader of this inspirational poetry born from heaven. The motivational ambiance of this body of poetic works, is the fulfillment of the prophecy that God gave to Donovan on the 4th January 2003 when the spirit said to him, "write down your feelings on a piece of paper..." Amazing Grace Inspirational poetry is the result of his obedience to the voice of the Spirit on that faithful day.
It was love at first sight. Amid the frenzied barking and prancing of a house full of Great Danes, one pup was shivering in the corner. Gracie. But when Dan Dye reached her, she struggled to her feet like a clumsy foal, raised her forehead to his, and announced, as clearly as if she had actually spoken the words, You know I'm the one. Now get me outta here! By turns funny, moving, tender, and inspiring, Gracie's tale is a treat for every dog lover. There is Gracie's first morning, racing around Dan in the snowy yard. Gracie's determination to prove to her sisters, Dottie the Dalmatian and Sarah the Black Lab, that she's "one of the girls." Gracie's defiant romance with a pint-size charmer named Byron, a Boston Terrier from the wrong side of the fence. Then born of necessity, the eureka moment: When Gracie's delicate constitution starts turning into anorexia, Dan teaches himself how to cook, and in three days is baking her the cookies that will spur her appetite, launch Three Dog Bakery, and transform their lives forever. Courage. Compassion. Kindness. Soul. Tenacity. And joy--above all, joy. These qualities Gracie possessed in abundance, and shared with everyone, human or canine, who had the good fortune to cross her path.
feeling hopeless,Darcy, a young paraplegic, rejects the friendship of Erik,a burn victim with a severely disfigured face, who ultimately teaches Darcy about forgiveness
This book gives young readers a brief overview of American Sign Language (ASL). The book focuses on the history of ASL and the controversies which have surrounded it since its inception.
In the past, disabled individuals have faced a wide variety of obstacles that prevented them from fully participating in all that American society has to offer. They have struggled with obtaining employment, and have been denied access to many services most Americans take for granted. In this publication, Margaret C. Jasper examines the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and discusses the rights disabled individuals are entitled to under the statute. This easy-to-use resource is packed with facts on areas governed by the ADA including employment, public entities and transportation, public accommodations, state and local government services and telecommunications. Ideal for anyone interested in this area of law, this newly revised second edition includes coverage of the latest information regarding the ADA.
From the Book jacket: This authoritative book on Amish education deals with many questions Why do the Amish have their own schools? What goals do Amish teachers have for their scholars? How are teachers chosen? How are the parents involved? What curriculum materials are used? What about children with special ne(dsr? Co-author Sara Fisher writes from her experienceas an Amish school teacher; coauthorRachel Stahl writes from her years of extensive research.
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in Americaby Robert Whitaker
In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation's children. What is going on? Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix "chemical imbalances" in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled--and dismayed--to discover what was reported in the scientific journals. Then comes the scientific query at the heart of this book: During the past fifty years, when investigators looked at how psychiatric drugs affected long-term outcomes, what did they find? Did they discover that the drugs help people stay well? Function better? Enjoy good physical health? Or did they find that these medications, for some paradoxical reason, increase the likelihood that people will become chronically ill, less able to function well, more prone to physical illness? This is the first book to look at the merits of psychiatric medications through the prism of long-term results. Are long-term recovery rates higher for medicated or unmedicated schizophrenia patients? Does taking an antidepressant decrease or increase the risk that a depressed person will become disabled by the disorder? Do bipolar patients fare better today than they did forty years ago, or much worse? When the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studied the long-term outcomes of children with ADHD, did they determine that stimulants provide any benefit? By the end of this review of the outcomes literature, readers are certain to have a haunting question of their own: Why have the results from these long-term studies--all of which point to the same startling conclusion--been kept from the public? In this compelling history, Whitaker also tells the personal stories of children and adults swept up in this epidemic. Finally, he reports on innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing good long-term outcomes. Our nation has been hit by an epidemic of disabling mental illness, and yet, as Anatomy of an Epidemic reveals, the medical blueprints for curbing that epidemic have already been drawn up. From the Hardcover edition.
This life story of deafblind priest, Father Cyril Axelrod, makes compelling reading. A man of such spirituality, humanity, gentleness, compassion, humour, leadership and vision, he has worked tirelessly for others throughout his life and has become a worldwide ambassador for deaf and deafblind people. He gives a remarkably poignant and tender account of his childhood as the profoundly Deaf child of an orthodox Jewish family in South Africa. He describes the wrenching spiritual journey that follows in his twenties and led him eventually to become a Catholic priest in order to serve deaf people. He tells too of his own painful transition from deafness to deafblindess as his sight deteriorates in middle age as a result of Usher syndrome. Despite this, his remarkable pastoral work continues, using over eight different indigenous sign languages, in countries as varied as South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Australia, USA, China, Singapore, Macau, Ireland, and finally Britain. His work and his love for deaf and deafblind people transcends colour, creed and faith and has been recognised throughout the world. This is the story of a remarkable man.
A collection of essays about the church's relationships with people with disabilities.
'Light is in us even if we have no eyes. 'It is a rare man who can maintain a love of life through the infirmity of blindness, the terrors of war, and the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. Such a man was Jacques Lusseyran, a French underground resistance leader during the Second World War. This book is his compelling and moving autobiography. Jacques Lusseyran lost his sight in an accident when he was eight years old. At the age of sixteen, he formed a resistance group with his school friends in Nazi-occupied France. Gradually the small resistance circle of boys widened, cell by cell. In a fascinating scene, the author tells of interviewing prospective underground recruits, 'seeing' them by means of their voices, and in this way weeding out early the weak and the traitorous. Eventually Jacques and his comrades were betrayed to the Germans and interrogated by the Gestapo. After a fifteen month incarceration in Buchenwald, the author was one of thirty to survive from an initial shipment of two thousand.
The author presents text and pictures from Andrea Bocelli's life. Information concerning how different conductors worked with Andrea as he made his entrance in the opera are included.
This is a captivating book about the bond of a man and a dog. The bond that develops between them is very touching. It shows, once again, the sensative and intuitive nature of dogs to help people.