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Talking Books: Pioneering and Beyond

by Marilyn Lundell Majeska

Although libraries had been finding ways to serve blind patrons as early as the late nineteenth century, the passage of the Pratt-Smoot Act in 1931 was a game-changer. Congress appropriated funds to provide books for blind adults, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was established. The five decades after Pratt-Smoot saw many technological developments in recording machines and techniques, some coming hand in hand with innovations in the music industry: from record players, to reel-to-reel tapes, to cassette players. Inevitably, the "talking books" program would always be a compromise between the best possible product and the limitations of what was practical and economically feasible. Author Majeska synthesizes information from interviews and old files to compile a detailed history of talking books from 1932 to 1988--before computers changed the whole scene.

In the High Valley (Katy #5)

by Susan Coolidge

The final book in the Katy series focuses on Clover and Elsie as they make their homes in the High valley in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Follow their simple life that brings joy to all who visit! This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare's finesse to Oscar Wilde's wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim's Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.

The Story of My Life: With Her Letters (1887-1901) And A Supplementary Account Of Her Education, Including Passages From The Reports And Letters Of Her Teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, By John Albert Macy

by Helen Keller

A classic of American autobiography—the remarkable story of Helen Keller&’s early life and education At nineteen months old, Helen Keller was stricken with a mysterious illness that left her deaf and blind. For the next five years, she was trapped in the silent dark, her only means of communication a few dozen rudimentary signs. Her inability to express herself was a great source of frustration, and as she grew older, Helen became prone to angry outbursts and fits of despair. Her family sought help, and in March of 1887, twenty-year-old Anne Sullivan arrived from the Perkins Institution for the Blind. One month later, teacher and student made the first of many incredible breakthroughs. By placing one of Helen&’s hands under cool running water and tracing the letters w-a-t-e-r on her other hand, Anne was able to convey the great mystery of language: that every object has a name. As Helen would later write in The Story of My Life, &“That living word awakened my soul.&” Covering the first twenty-two years of Helen Keller&’s life, from that miraculous moment at the water pump to her acceptance into Radcliffe College, The Story of My Life is one of the most beloved and inspiring autobiographies ever written. The basis for The Miracle Worker, the Tony Award–winning play and Academy Award–winning film, its heartening message has touched millions of lives and torn down countless barriers the world over. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Song of the Stone Wall

by Helen Keller

An unrhymed poem, fashioned from traditional style, first published in 1910 in which a rough, enduring old stone wall, that winds over hill and meadow, becomes a symbol of New England history. Its importance lies in the meaning it held for Helen Keller, and the strength she gained from its existence.

The Miracle Worker: A Play

by William Gibson

NO ONE COULD REACH HER Twelve-year-old Helen Keller lived in a prison of silence and darkness. Born deaf, blind, and mute, with no way to express herself or comprehend those around her, she flew into primal rages against anyone who tried to help her, fighting tooth and nail with a strength born of furious, unknowing desperation. Then Annie Sullivan came. Half-blind herself, but possessing an almost fanatical determination, she would begin a frightening and incredibly moving struggle to tame the wild girl no one could reach, and bring Helen into the world at last....

A Beacon for the Blind: Being a Life of Henry Fawcett

by Winifred Holt

A biography of Henry Fawcett. The story of his life as it is to be told in this book will give ample illustrations of his fortitude and his perseverance.

The Blind In Industry: 50 Years of Work and Wages

by Ben Purse

A brief outline of the issues facing the organizations and individuals interested in employment of the blind, sheltered shops, industry, women workers, education, college certifications, teachers.

From Homer to Helen Keller: A Social and Educational Study of the Blind

by Richard Slayton French

<P>From Homer to Helen Keller, Homer stands for the greatest achievement of the blind in the times antecedent to their systematic education. He stands for all those bards, many of them blind or blinded, creators of literature and makers of our language, who through ballads, always of great vigor and sometimes of surpassing beauty, have handed down to us the glorious traditions of far-off heroic times. <P>Miss Keller stands for the supreme achievement of education. The blind claim her, but the deaf can claim her, too, and modern education can claim her more than either--and all humanity claims her with the best claim of all. For she is the epitome of all that is best in humanity, all that is most spiritual; and all this through conscious aim and directed effort, through education in its best sense.

Skipper The Guide Dog

by Arthur C. Bartlett

This is the first known book to be published on guide dogs in the United States. Ben's brother Jerry lives dangerously. He flies his little yellow plane and works for the Secret Service. But when an accident robs him of his vision, Ben thinks that a guide dog might be the ticket to get Jerry back into good spirits. The book follows their training and on with the story. Jerry and Ben get wind of a counterfeiting ring in their town. Does Jerry, with Skipper at his side, still have what it takes to be a Secret Service man? Can they capture the crooks?

In the Shadow of the Tower (Dana Girls Mystery #3)

by Carolyn Keene

Dana and Louise stumble upon another mystery as they overhear a cripple crying. When they visit Cousin Bessie at Barnwold farm the mystery deepens.

The Light That Did Not Fail

by Clarence Hawkes

Beowulf: Guide Dog for the Blind

by Ernest Lewis

Beowulf, the Sable German Shepherd, was raised and trained to be a police dog. But when his owner is killed by a smuggler, Beowulf is sold to someone that doesn't understand him. While visiting England his new owner lets him loose, and Beowulf attacks some sheep. The Vickor, Alan Stuard, vows to destroy the sheep killer, and almost succeeds but feels terrible, and agrees to adopt Beowulf and train him. Beowulf learns to be an excellent hunter and pet, and after a terrible accident when Alan goes blind, he learns to become Alan's guide dog. This is a heartwarming story, of a dog, and his love for a master.

The Conquest of Blindness: An Autobiographical Review of the Life and Work of Henry Randolph Latimer

by Henry Randolph Latimer

<P>The term "Conquest of Blindness" is taken to include any preventive, remedial, educational, rehabilitating, or relief phase of work pertaining to the handicap of blindness. <P>The primary aim of the volume is to lift work for the conquest of blindness out of the miasma of alms and asylums into the more wholesome atmosphere of social adjustment. <P>Other aims of the volume are to serve as a supplementary text for the use of the profession, and as an incentive to the chance reader to delve more deeply into the subject, and to present as modestly as may be the autobiography of one blind person who has contributed in small measure toward the conquest of blindness.

The Last Express (Duncan Maclain Mystery #1)

by Baynard Kendrick

When a bomb exploded in a New York subway car, killing the assistant D. A., it left a pair of puzzling survivors on the rear seat: two caged white mice. Who had put them there and why? Maybe a blind man could figure it out--if he had the amazing sensory powers of a Duncan Maclain. Captain Duncan Maclain, a blind detective, has a mystery to solve hidden in the labyrinth of New York's subway system. This is the first book in the series that inspired the popular television show "Longstreet."

The Whistling Hangman (Duncan Maclain Mystery #2)

by Baynard Kendrick

When a wealthy man falls from the balcony of a luxury apartment hotel, blind detective Captain Duncan Maclain and his Seeing Eye dog Schnucke are on the case. Was it suicide or was it murder? This is the second book in the series that inspired the popular television show "Longstreet."

What of the Blind? A Survey of the Development and Scope of Present-Day Work with the Blind: Volume 1

by Helga Lende

What of the Blind? is designed with a view to presenting in one single volume the experience and opinions of leaders in this specialized field. The material has been grouped so that the student may easily find the aspect of the subject in which he is especially interested. Following each chapter is a short reading list which will serve as a guide to further study.

Franka: A Guide Dog

by Walter Johnson

When the Allen family discovered they would be going to South America for a year, they had to make a hard decision. What would they do with Franka their beautiful German Shepherd dog. The two kids Joe and Joan write the Seeing Eye and Franka is accepted into the program. Dan, Franka's trainer, is very impressed with the intelligence of Franka. When Jane Wilson arrives at the Seeing Eye for training, Dan knows Franka is the dog for her. Jane and Franka train and graduate andjane goes on to be a lecturer on guide dogs and other topics. Good historical perspective of the Seeing Eye, and the training at the school at the time. Good children's book, but good for all ages.

Memoirs of a Midget

by Walter de la Mare

"It is true that my body ranks among the smaller works of God," writes Miss M., the narrator of this novel, as she reflects on a recent newspaper story about her. She goes on to note that the reporter "spared any reference not only to my soul ... but also to my mind and heart." Orphaned at twenty, Miss M. leaves her sheltered home in the English countryside to make her way in the world. The novel focuses on the events of one turbulent year in her life, filled with passion and heartbreak as Miss M. gains a deeper understanding of the world and of herself. Keenly observant of human nature, this book reveals an unusual awareness of disability issues for its time - it was originally published in 1922. It is regarded by some critics as a minor classic of twentieth-century English literature.

What of the Blind? A Survey of the Development and Scope of Present-Day Work with the Blind: Volume 2

by Helga Lende

This book is intended as a companion volume to What of the Blind? Recently published by the American Foundation for the Blind. The first volume was brought out in answer to a long-felt need for a convenient reference work to put in the hands of professional workers, board members and lay persons desiring general information on work with the blind. The subjects treated were mainly of a general nature as will be seen from the table of contents appended to this book.

Dogs against Darkness: The Story of the Seeing Eye

by Dickson Hartwell

This book is a moving and an inspirational story of the first seeing eye dog in America, Buddy, and his master, Morris Frank.

The World At My Fingertips

by Karsten Ohnstad

Karsten Ohnstad shares his journey into blindness with warmth and humor.

I Wanted To See

by Borghild Dahl

A biography of Borghild Dahl

The Influence of Parental Attitudes and Social Environment on the Personality Development of the Adolescent Blind

by Vita Stein Sommers

The author's experience with visually handicapped children and young adults in schools is richly used in this study of the influence Of parental attitudes and social environment on the personality development of the adolescent blind.

Death Knell (Duncan Maclain Mystery #5)

by Baynard Kendrick

When Troy Singleton is murdered on the Terrace of Larmar Jordan, Larmar is the prime and most obvious subject. But Duncan MacLain the famous blind detective is called in to figure out if Larmar is truly innocent. Come along on a thrilling novel from the perspective of the blind detective who can shoot at sound, and has a trained police dog Driest and a guide dog Schnucke. Can Duncan put the pieces of the puzzle together in time?

Lights Out

by Baynard Kendrick

When Larry joined up during World War II, he didn't expect to have terrible things happen to him. One minute he was traveling down a snow ridden road, the next minute he saw nothing. This story follows Larry as he goes through rehabilitation and adapts to his new life as a blinded veteran.

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