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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.
A fascinating book about deaf culture as it manifests itself at the Lexington School for the Deaf, where the author's parents worked for a time.
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, email@example.com
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.
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.
Kay Farow, who suffers from achromatopsia is a photographer in San Francisco. After her mentor Maddy Yamada was killed by a motorcyclist, she uncovers a link between an exclusive gun club, and the smuggling of illegal immigrants.
An opportunity to escape a dull summer -- and perhaps to find a future for herself after high school - persuades Rainey Williamson to join a school-sponsored program that will take her and five other teenagers on an eight-week road trip across Canada. The challenge of this journey is heightened, in view of the fact that Rainey has had to wear an artificial leg from birth. On the eve of her getaway, a crucial complication arises: she finds out that the mother who left when she was just a few months old is alive and well and living in Squamish, B. C. , directly on the route of the student expedition. What's more, her mother now wants to see her. Rainey's ambivalent at the prospect, to say the least. The cross-country trip begins, and she soon meets the others who become friends and comrades, all with issues and challenges to deal with. Rainey discovers her own strengths as she struggles with the decision about whether or not to meet her mother and figuring out what she might do with her life. In the end she discovers that her family tree is more extensive than she'd thought - and that taking chances provides perspective, opportunity, and a springboard from which to launch her future - and even a way back home. The story is laced with Heather Waldorf's customary sharp intelligence and sense of humour - and her understanding of the themes teenagers are most engaged with.
In 1988 the world's only deaf liberal arts university, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. was ready for its next president. The Board of Trustees chose a hearing president who knew nothing about deafness. Unrest had been building on campus over this possibility, especially as there were highly qualified Deaf applicants. When the hearing person was selected and announced, the students exploded in protest. The next 7 days were covered by the national and international news media. What happened at Gallaudet had enormous worldwide impact. Since that protest, Deaf people have proudly advanced in all occupations. The DPN Movement has been likened to a civil rights movement for Deaf people. The author, Angel Ramos, PhD., was directly involved in the protest. Note: all spelling errors were in the print text.
Sometimes, friendship can take you by surprise but Judy, a girl with cerebral palsy had a motto: "If you fall down, just get up and keep going."
Bill Meiniecke writes about his five guide dogs over many years from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. He recounts his many moves and activities with each dog, their different personalities, and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Young children will love Corky, a harbor seal who is orphaned. After being rescued he goes to the San Diego zoo where he learns to perform in shows. One day he can't find the ball. Corky is blind! But don't worry, Corky learns how to do his tricks by using his other senses. School-age kids will love this book because it is a true story and would be fun to read for a science project or a book report. Do you know how harbor seals and sea lions are different. Parents will love this story because it is the finest piece of literature which I have seen for introducing children to the ways people who are blind learn to cope with the disability. Absolutely no mythology here! Corky learns to do the things he has been doing by using sounds, smells and touch. Children's literature at its best! This file should make an excellent embossed braillle book.
A groundbreaking look at the special bond between guide dogs and those who thrive with their help. From a pioneering guide dog organization comes the first book to explore one of the most profound and inspiring relationships between humans and animals. In Trust the Dog, the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation introduces readers to a group of extraordinary people who, thanks to their guide dogs, flourish in a world that assumes the ability to see. Among them are a brother and sister who lost their sight at a very young age and whose dogs essentially helped them grow up, a Serbian girl who fled civil war to find new hope in America, and a newly blind single father determined to keep his family together against all odds. Through their experiences we discover the astonishing teamwork and devotion between people who are blind and their guide dogs, the intelligence and discipline that these animals unfailingly display, and the noble work of the nonprofit organization that for fifty years has been making it all possible. A heartwarming tribute to this unique relationship, Trust the Dog is sure to change how we think about man's best friend, and the possibilities of life without sight.
This little booklet, actually a series of cards that can be used to teach and remind you of the way to do each of the different TTouches are a handy reference for any dog owner who wants to learn TTouch. This series of massages using pressure and small circular motions also seems to be quite effective on humans. Discusses pressure, proper techniques, gives directions to seventeen different TTouches, and discusses the benefits of each ttouch. Good for anyone interested in massage or just ways to make your relationship with your pets or friends a bit closer. Also available from Bookshare: Ttouch Tips for Dogs by Linda Tellington Jones.
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