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The Limits of Hope: An Adoptive Mother's Story

by Ann Kimble Loux

Mark andAnn Kimble adopt two sisters and bring them into their family of five. Because professionals did not share information about these two children, the family has its share of trials and tribulations before coming into acceptance of themselves and each other.

Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps

by Gail Jarrow

On June 1, 1862, Thaddeus Lowe floated above a fierce Civil War battle in a silk hydrogen balloon. From the wicker basket dangling a thousand feet above ground, he telegraphed a message to Northern generals on the ground: Union troops were finally driving back the Confederate forces. Lowe's message was transmitted to the War Department in Washington, where President Abraham Lincoln read his flying spy's good news with relief. For two years during the Civil War, a corps of balloonists led by Thaddeus Lowe spied on the Confederate army. They counted rebel soldiers, detected troop movement, and directed artillery fire against enemy positions. Lowe and his aeronauts provide valuable intelligence to the Union army, even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs. Using Civil War photographs and primary sources--including Lowe's papers in the Library of Congress and the writings of Confederate and Union soldiers--Jarrow reveals the dangers, personality clashes, and other challenges faced by the nation's first air force in this Voice of Youth Advocates Nonfiction Honor List book.

Linguistic Coping Strategies in Sign Language Interpreting

by Jemina Napier

This ground-breaking work, originally published 15 years ago, continues to serve as the primary reference on the theories of omission potential and translational contact in sign language interpreting. In the book, noted scholar Jemina Napier explores the linguistic coping strategies of interpreters by drawing on her own study of the interpretation of a university lecture from English into Australian Sign Language (Auslan). A new preface by the author provides perspective on the importance of the work and how it fits within the scholarship of interpretation studies. The concept of strategic omissions is explored here as a tool that is consciously used by interpreters as a coping strategy. Instead of being a mistake, omitting part of the source language can actually be part of an active decision-making process that allows the interpreter to convey the correct meaning when faced with challenges. For the first time, Napier found that omission potential existed within every interpretation and, furthermore, she proposed a new taxonomy of five different conscious and unconscious omission types. Her findings also indicate that Auslan/English interpreters use both a free and literal interpretation approach, but that those who use a free approach occasionally switch to a literal approach as a linguistic coping strategy to provide access to English terminology. Both coping strategies help negotiate the demands of interpretation, whether it be lack of subject-matter expertise, dealing with dense material, or the context of the situation. Napier also analyzes the interpreters' reflections on their decision-making processes as well as the university students' perceptions and preferences of their interpreters' linguistic choices and styles. Linguistic Coping Strategies in Sign Language Interpreting is a foundational text in interpretation studies that can be applied to interpreting in different contexts and to interpreter training.

The Linguistics of British Sign Language

by Bencie Woll Rachel Sutton-Spence

This is the first detailed explanation of the way British Sign Language works and is the product of many years' experience of research and teaching sign linguistics to deaf and hearing people. It assumes no previous knowledge of linguistics or sign language, and is not structured around traditional headings such as phonology, morphology and syntax. Instead it is set out in such a way as to help learners and their teachers understand the linguistic principles behind the language. There are sections on BSL grammar and also on the use of BSL, including social acceptability in signing, variation, and poetry and humour in BSL. Technical terms and linguistic jargon are kept to a minimum, and the text contains many examples from English, BSL, and other spoken and sign languages. The book is amply illustrated and contains exercises, as well as a reading list for further study. An accompanying 90-minute DVD is available from Talk With Sign Books. To find out more, visit http://www. talkwithsign. com/linguistics-british-sign-language-p-741. html.

Listen for the Bus: David's Story

by Patricia Mcmahon

The story follows David a boy who is both blind and deaf as he experiences the world around him at home and in kindergarten.

Listening with My Heart

by Angela Elwell Hunt Heather Whitestone

Heather Whitestone. Her name has become synonymous with incredible determination and unprecedented achievement. In Listening with My Heart, Heather tells her own story and the stories of others who have inspired her, proving that with hard work, perseverance, and faith, each of us can move mountains. Profoundly deaf since she was eighteen months old, Heather strove to live a normal life, and refused to listen to the voices of discouragement that many of us so often hear, no matter what problems confront us. She wouldn't listen to the doctor who said she wouldn't develop beyond third-grade abilities, or to those who said she would never dance ballet, or even speak. She did, however, hear the encouraging spirit of her family and followed the guidance of her own heart's dreams. Struggling through her difficulties, she was sustained by every success--no matter how small--and ultimately became Miss America 1995. Though she is disabled, her incredible gifts have inspired many throughout the world, and in Listening with My Heart she at last shares her life-changing wisdom.

Little Beauties

by Kim Addonizio

Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, now works in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's already chaotic world is sent spinning. Jamie can't stand being pregnant. She can't wait to get on with her normal life and give the baby up for adoption. But her yet-to-be-born daughter, Stella, has a fierce will and a destiny to fulfill. And as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds, these three characters' lives become linked in ever more surprising ways.

Little Boy Lost

by Shane Dunphy

Little Boy Lost is the story of Dominic's brave battle to face up to betrayal and show - one more time - that he is a survivor.

The Little Eye Book: A Pupil's Guide to Understanding Ophthalmology (2nd edition)

by Janice K. Ledford

This little book has much information for the non-physician, including what signs to look for, how to determine an emergency and how some medications affect the eye. The superscripted numbers indicate references at the end of the chapters.

The Little House That Cares

by Marty Lanser

This book contains candid stories of how blindness has affected the lives of individuals who sought help at the Vision Impaired Persons Support Center in Modesto, CA. Some were born blind, some lost their vision later in life, and some took the responsibility for caring for their visually impaired loved one. Your heart will be touched, and your life will be encouraged by each and every story.

The Little Locksmith

by Katharine Butler Hathaway Alix Kates Shulman

The Little Locksmith, Katharine Butler Hathaway's luminous memoir of disability, faith, and transformation, is a critically acclaimed but largely forgotten literary classic brought back into print for the first time in thirty years. The Little Locksmith begins in 1895 when a specialist straps five-year-old Katharine, then suffering from spinal tuberculosis, to a board with halters and pulleys in a failed attempt to prevent her being a "hunchback." Her mother says that she should be thankful that her parents are able to have her cared for by a famous surgeon; otherwise, she would grow up to be like the "little locksmith," who does jobs at their home; he has a "strange, awful peak in his back." Forced to endure "a horizontal life of night and day," Katharine remains immobile until age fifteen, only to find that she, too, has a hunched back and is "no larger than a ten-year-old child." The Little Locksmith charts Katharine's struggle to transcend physical limitations and embrace her life, her body and herself in the face of debilitating bouts of frustration and shame. Her spirit and courage prevail, and she succeeds in expanding her world far beyond the boundaries prescribed by her family and society: she attends Radcliffe College, forms deep friendships, begins to write, and in 1921, purchases a house of her own in Castine, Maine. There she creates her home, room by room, fashioning it as a space for guests, lovers, and artists. The Little Locksmith stands as a testimony to Katharine's aspirations and desires-for independence, for love, and for the pursuit of her art."We tend to forget nowadays that there is more than one variety of hero (and heroine). Katharine Butler Hathaway, who died last Christmas Eve, was the kind of heroine whose deeds are rarely chronicled. They were not spectacular and no medal would have been appropriate for her. All she did was to take a life which fate had cast in the mold of a frightful tragedy and redesign it into a quiet, modest work of art. The life was her own."When Katharine Butler was five, she fell victim to spinal tuberculosis. For ten years she was strapped to a board (that means one hundred and twenty months, an infinity of days and hours and minutes)

The Little Locksmith: A Memoir

by Katharine Butler Hathaway

First published in 1942 and reprinted here by the Feminist Press, this is the deeply honest memoir of Katharine Butler, who was disabled from childhood due to tuberculosis of the spine. Butler describes her bedridden childhood and her emergence as a teenager with a notably different-looking body. She writes openly of her longing for sexual love and her sense that it was forever denied to her because of her difference. Much of the book concerns the author's renovation of and hopes for a house in Castine on the coast of Maine, which she dreamed would become a house for children, artists, and lovers. Nancy Mairs' afterword provides fascinating information about the author's life.

Little Town On The Prairie (Little House #7)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The little settlement that weathered the long, hard winter of 1880-81 is now a growing town. Laura is growing up, and she goes to her first evening social. Mary is at last able to go to a college for the blind. Best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to walk home from church with Laura. And Laura, now fifteen years old, receives her certificate to teach school.<P><P> Winner of the Newbery Honor

The Littles Give a Party

by John Peterson

It's a dangerous life, being smaller than six inches tall so it's truly amazing that Granny will be turning eighty on her Fourth of July birthday. Instead of being excited about it, she's worried that she's too old and has stopped paying attention to anything. Tom and Lucy, her great grandchildren and their family think a big party will cheer her up. The trouble is, most of Granny's favorite people think they are too old to travel to the party and riding in Cousin Dinky's glider is too risky. The Little's have a long list of adventures ahead to pull off the party. They must rig up a swimming pool, smuggle hot dogs, and hardest of all, they have to sneak young Henry's toy airplane out of his room at night to fly the guests to the party. Except for having to hear Dinky's terrible singing, it's all worth it because Granny is so excited to see her friends. Bookshare has many more books about the family who uses thimbles for wastebaskets and finger puppets on cereal boxes for costumes. Some of the Little's books are: The Littles, The Littles Take a Trip, The Littles and the Surprise Thanksgiving Guests, The Littles to the Rescue, Tom Little's Halloween Scare, The Littles and the Trash Tinies, The Littles Go to School, The Littles Get Trapped, and The Littles and the Missing Cat.

The Littles Go Exploring

by John Peterson

The Littles venture into the land beyond the Dark Woods, an area unknown to small people. Reissue to celebrate the Littles' 25th anniversary.

The Littles Go to School

by John Peterson

"I still don't see why I have to go," said Lucy. "But Lucy, it's fun," said Tom. "You get to see lots of the tiny kids from all over the Big Valley. We use the chalkboards. We read some of the textbooks the big kids use. There are maps and charts, and we live in dormitories in the walls of the classroom. You'll like it." Tom and Lucy are going to school! But an unexpected adventure in a gerbil cage gets them to school a little too early!

The Littles Have a Wedding

by John Peterson

Meet the Littles, a family like any other but with a few tiny differences! They live in the walls of the Bigg family house where they get everything they need. In return they make sure the Bigg house is always in good repair. When Dinky comes home from his latest adventure, he's not alone. Della came back with him and they're going to be married! But a tiny person wedding takes a huge amount of preparation. The Littles need to get everything ready and travel to a neighboring house by the next day. Will they be ready in time?

The Lives of Chang and Eng

by Joseph Andrew Orser

Connected at the chest by a band of flesh, Chang and Eng Bunker toured the United States and the world from the 1820s to the 1870s, placing themselves and their extraordinary bodies on exhibit as "freaks of nature" and "Oriental curiosities." More famously known as the Siamese twins, they eventually settled in rural North Carolina, married two white sisters, became slave owners, and fathered twenty-one children between them. Though the brothers constantly professed their normality, they occupied a strange space in nineteenth-century America. They spoke English, attended church, became American citizens, and backed the Confederacy during the Civil War. Yet in life and death, the brothers were seen by most Americans as "monstrosities," an affront they were unable to escape.Joseph Andrew Orser chronicles the twins' history, their sometimes raucous journey through antebellum America, their domestic lives in North Carolina, and what their fame revealed about the changing racial and cultural landscape of the United States. More than a biography of the twins, the result is a study of nineteenth-century American culture and society through the prism of Chang and Eng that reveals how Americans projected onto the twins their own hopes and fears.

The Lives They Left Behind

by Robert Whitaker Darby Penney Peter Stastny Lisa Rinzler

"The Lives They Left Behind is a deeply moving testament to the human side of mental illness, and of the narrow margin which so often separates the sane from the mad. It is a remarkable portrait, too, of the life of a psychiatric asylum--the sort of community in which, for better and for worse, hundreds of thousands of people lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny's careful historical (almost archaeological) and biographical reconstructions give us unique insight into these lives which would otherwise be lost and, indeed, unimaginable to the rest of us."--Oliver Sacks, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University Artist, and author of Musicophilia "The haunting thing about the suitcase owners is that it's so easy to identify with them."--Newsweek "In their poignant detail the items helped rescue these individuals from the dark sprawl of anonymity."--The New York Times "[The authors] spent 10 years piecing together . . . the lives these patients lived before they were nightmarishly stripped of their identities."--Newsday More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients' belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving--and devastating--group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

by Darby Penney Peter Stastny

This book grew out of ten years of research conducted by two journalists who discovered a trove of abandoned trunks and suitcases in an attic at Willard State Hospital in New York. Through extensive research they were able to reconstruct the histories of ten patients who were hospitalized at Willard during the years before deinstitutionalization. Through the microcosm of individual lives the authors humanize the tragedy of our treatment of people deemed to be mentally ill.

Living Fully with Low Vision and Blindness

by Ted Lennox Nina Derda

The main theme of the book deals with ideas, notions, and suggestions for ways to live effectively with low vision or blindness. Many of the ideas expressed are about living in general and could apply to anyone.

Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People With Disabilities

by Marcia Scherer

The author interviews several people with severe disabilities over a period of years. She traces the effect technology has on their lives from their perspectives. Covers technology and many related social, economic and cultural issues. Firsthand real world experiences make this a valuable book.

Living Well with Parkinson's

by Glenna Wotton Atwood Lila Green Hunnewell

Practical suggestions for everyday living, nutrition, exercise, attitude, dealing with doctors, medications, therapies, support grou Oneps, organizations in the US and Canada. One of the authors has Parkinson's and tells of her own experiences. No profanity or violence. No explicit sexual words.

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