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Words in My Hands: A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey

by Diane Chambers

Bert Riedel, an 86-year-old deaf-blind pianist, cut off from the world since age 45, discovers a new life through hand-over-hand sign, taught to him by the author.


by Brian Selznick

From Brian Selznick, the creator of the Caldecott Medal winner THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, comes another breathtaking tour de force.<P><P> Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.<P> Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.<P> Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.<P> Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award

The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed The Victorian Age

by John Woolf

A radical new history that rediscovers the remarkable freak performers whose talents and charisma helped define an era. On March 23, 1844, General Tom Thumb, just 25 inches tall, entered the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace and bowed low to Queen Victoria. On both sides of the Atlantic, this meeting marked a tipping point in the nineteenth century, and the age of the freak was born. Bewitching all levels of society, it was a world of curiosities and astonishing spectacle—of dwarfs, giants, bearded ladies, Siamese twins, and swaggering showmen. But the real stories—human dramas that so often eclipsed the fantasy presented on the stage—of the performing men, women and children, have been forgotten or marginalized in the histories of the very people who exploited them. In this richly evocative account, John Woolf uses a wealth of recently discovered material to bring to life the sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant, always extraordinary stories of people who used their (dis)abilities and difference to become some of the first international celebrities. Through their lives we discover afresh some of the great transformations of the age: the birth of show business, of celebrity, of advertising, and of “alternative facts” while also exploring the tensions between the power of fame, the impact of exploitation, and our fascination with “otherness.”


by R. J. Palacio

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. <P><P>August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. <P>Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. <P><P>WONDER, now a New York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. <P>In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. <P>Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Women's Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health

by Deborah Sichel Jeanne Watson Driscoll

Discusses the ways menstruation and pregnancy affect mood disorders in women.

Women with Disabilities as Agents of Peace, Change and Rights: Experiences from Sri Lanka (Interdisciplinary Disability Studies)

by Karen Soldatic and Dinesha Samararatne

Drawing on rich empirical work emerging from core conflict regions within the island nation of Sri Lanka, this book illustrates the critical role that women with disabilities play in post-armed conflict rebuilding and development. This pathbreaking book shows the critical role that women with disabilities play in post-armed conflict rebuilding and development. Through offering a rare yet important insight into the processes of gendered-disability advocacy activation within the post-conflict environment, it provides a unique counter narrative to the powerful images, symbols and discourses that too frequently perpetuate disabled women’s so-called need for paternalistic forms of care. Rather than being the mere recipients of aid and help, the narratives of women with disabilities reveal the generative praxis of social solidarity and cohesion, progressed via their nascent collective practices of gendered-disability advocacy. It will be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of disability studies, gender studies, post-conflict studies, peace studies and social work.

Women with Disabilities: Found Voices

by Mary E. Willmuth Lillian Holcomb

Both women with disabilities and women professionals who work with persons with disabilities address many concerns about life with a disability and issues related to disability and psychotherapy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Women Who Light the Dark

by Paola Gianturco

From Book Jacket: Across the world, local women are helping one another tackle the problems that darken their lives-domestic violence, sex trafficking, war, poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, inequality, malnutrition, disease. These women may lack material resources, but they possess a wealth of an even more precious resource: imagination. And their imaginations light the dark. Women in Morocco create and produce plays that educate illiterate people about women's rights. Girls in Zimbabwe compose and perform poetry that shocks communities into fighting child rape. Teachers in India invent puppet shows that help homeless children understand AIDS. Brazilian math teachers inspire girls from the favelas to learn arithmetic by originating fashion shows. Lesbians in Argentina develop and stage street skits, demonstrating against discrimination. A master ballet teacher instructs a thousand poor Cuban children in classical dance. Sometimes imagination takes the form of innovative strategies. In Nepal, women teach their sisters to drive taxis and guide treks, and in Nicaragua, to become welders, carpenters, and electricians-all supposedly men's jobs. In Kenya, mothers get wells dug so their daughters can go to school instead of walking seven hours to fetch water. In Cameroun, medical specialists train traditional rulers and healers whose behavior has inadvertently spread AIDS to become health educators. In the United States, activists introduce women with disabilities to challenge courses, camping, whitewater rafting, and swimming, empowering them to lead others who are disabled. Travel with photojournalist Paola Gianturco to fifteen countries on five continents. Hear, in the women's own words, about their lives and work. Sit on the floor talking with sex workers; climb Annapurna with burning lungs; ride in a taxi while political protesters are arrested just blocks away; eat lunch as soldiers carry sandbags to the roof and prepare for battle; watch a traditional healer at work; interview members of parliament; witness a ceremony that welcomes indigenous babies to the world. Above all, be inspired by the courage and creativity of effective women who are kindling hope and possibility for their families, communities, countries, and our world. (c) powerHouse Cultural Entertainment, Inc.

Women Healers: Portraits of Herbalists, Physicians, and Midwives

by Elisabeth Brooke

From antiquity to the present, women have been persecuted. In history, women midwives, healers and herbalists have been burned as witches, raped and tortured for their practices. More recently, women are threatened with sexual discrimination in the medical field in more covert ways. In this book, Elisabeth Brooke highlights women healers, herbalists, and midwives and shows them in both a historical sense, as well as a medical sense.

Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age

by Judith Gould Sarah Hendrickx

The difference that being female makes to the diagnosis, life and experiences of a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has largely gone unresearched and unreported until recently. In this book Sarah Hendrickx has collected both academic research and personal stories about girls and women on the autism spectrum to present a picture of their feelings, thoughts and experiences at each stage of their lives. Outlining how autism presents differently and can hide itself in females and what the likely impact will be for them throughout their lifespan, the book looks at how females with ASD experience diagnosis, childhood, education, adolescence, friendships, sexuality, employment, pregnancy and parenting, and aging. It will provide invaluable guidance for the professionals who support these girls and women and it will offer women with autism a guiding light in interpreting and understanding their own life experiences through the experiences of others.

Women and Disability in Medieval Literature

by Tory Vandeventer Pearman

This book is first in its field to analyze how disability and gender both thematically and formally operate within late medieval popular literature. Reading romance, conduct manuals, and spiritual autobiography, it proposes a 'gendered model' for exploring the processes by which differences like gender and disability get coded as deviant.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

by Norman Doidge Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn--or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to "fix" her own brain. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults. Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains--from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above-normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits. Starting in the late 1970s, she has continued to expand and refine these exercises, which have benefited thousands of individuals. Barbara founded Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers and to implement this highly effective methodology in schools all over North America. Her work is revealed as one of the first examples of neuroplasticity's extensive and practical application. The idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has now caught fire. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain powerfully and poignantly illustrates how the lives of children and adults struggling with learning disorders can be dramatically transformed. This remarkable book by a brilliant pathbreaker deepens our understanding of how the brain works and of the brain's profound impact on how we participate in the world. Our brains shape us, but this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary: we can shape our brains.

A Woman God Can Use: Lessons from Old Testament Women Help You Make Today's Choices

by Alice Mathews

Old Testament women show us how to live with difficult men, fight depression, accept leadership responsibilities, survive tough times, and more. This book is designed to be used as a Bible study for personal devotions or group discussions. Other books by this author are available from Bookshare.

Without Hesitation: Speaking to the Silence and the Science of Stuttering

by Gerald A. Maguire Lisa Gordon Wither

Back Cover: “What is stuttering? Five million voices can speak to this. A disorder that has defied physicians for centuries, stuttering claims as its own grade-school students and senior citizens, captains of industry and kings of nations, politicians, performers and professional athletes. It causes confusion in families, contempt in the uninformed and anguish in the approximately five million individuals in the United States who find it impossible to speak without effort. There are no cures but there are solutions. And there is hope because of significant advancements in pharmacotherapy--the clinical treatment of stuttering with medication. Without Hesitation: Speaking to the Silence and the Science of Stuttering explores the history, the heartache and the hope for this medical condition from an insider's perspective: a physician who has stuttered since childhood and knows how it feels to struggle with words and to express himself with ease.”

With Wings: An Anthology of Literature by and about Women with Disabilities

by Florence Howe Marsha Saxton

With Wings is an anthology of stories, poems, and essays by thirty women writers, all of whom have a disability or physical difference. The volume was compiled with several goals in mind: to combat educational discrimination, both sexist and ableist, against disabled women and girls; to enhance the self-esteem of disabled women and girls by presenting positive role models; to provide a literary forum for the experiences of disabled women of different social classes; and to challenge the literary community to follow suit, recognizing works by disabled women. The book is divided into three thematic parts: Living in These Bodies, These Minds; Seeking Help and Love; and Transcendence. Contributors include Nancy Mairs, Muriel Rukeyser, Alice Walker, Adrienne Rich, and many less well-known writers.

With Love from Karen

by Marie Killilea

What happened to Karen, a little girl with cerebral palsy, in the years after her original story was published in the award-winning book "Karen."<P><P> This sequel, undoubtedly greeted with joy by all of us who loved "Karen," in one sense surpasses the first work. Karen, delightful and positive though she is, is depicted far more realistically than in the initial book, which tended to make her a bit of a picture book saint. Her struggles, decisions, and (in all honesty) unquestionable confusion with the expectations of her wonderful family are quite vividly portrayed. (As an example of the last - one wonders why Marie does not realise that much of Karen's dilemma over "walking vs wheelchair" undoubtedly stems from Marie's constant insistence on Karen's walking - she fought the idea of Karen's having a wheelchair at all earlier in the book.) The Killilea family clearly had an unusual and blessed balance - tough-minded, persistent, deeply religious, but hospitable and joyous to the point where their home seemed a favourite stopping place for all whom they knew. Yet many new questions remained unanswered. "Karen," though it did not include many extended family members at length, mentioned a large family - in "With Love from Karen," even the most special occasions include many "honorary" family members but no blood relatives.

With Love from Karen

by Marie Killilea

The Killilea family returns in the heartwarming sequel to national bestseller KarenWith Love from Karen picks up five years after the conclusion of Karen, the miraculous and true story of a girl with cerebral palsy who triumphed against all odds. It follows the Killileas through Karen's teen years and into adulthood. Karen and her family continue to face seemingly insurmountable obstacles: They must fight for Karen's right to attend public school, support Karen in her dream to raise and exhibit champion show dogs, and encourage her in her decision to use a wheelchair or walk on her own. Once again, the Killilea family proves that the power of faith, love, and courage in the face of adversity can make miracles happen.

Wish on a Unicorn

by Karen Hesse

Now I didn't believe a broken-down old unicorn could make wishes come true . . . not for a minute. But what if it could?Mags has a lot to wish for--a nice house with a mama who isn't tired out from work; a normal little sister; a brother who doesn't mooch for food; and, once in a while, she'd like some new clothes for school. When her sister Hannie finds a stuffed unicorn, Mags's wishes start to come true. She knows the unicorn can't really be magic, but she won't let anything ruin her newfound luck--even if it means telling her own sister to believe something that can't possibly be true.

The Wisdom of Sam: Observations On Life From An Uncommon Child

by Daniel Gottlieb

In this book, author Daniel Gottlieb shares life lessons taught to him by his eight-year-old grandson, Sam. The Wisdom of Sam continues the extraordinary story of the interaction between a grandfather who is quadriplegic and a grandson who is autistic as they share their discoveries about empathy, compassion, courage, happiness, and the power of laughter.

Wintering Well

by Lea Wait

"WHAT HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON IS TOO TERRIBLE TO WRITE. . . . PLEASE, GOD, LET WILL LIVE. AND, PLEASE, GOD, FORGIVE ME. " All Will Ames ever wanted to do was farm. But when he's injured in a farm accident, Will is left without a leg -- and without his future. There's no place on a farm for a cripple. And so, after a long winter of healing, Will and his sister Cassie, who blames herself for the accident, go to stay in town with their older sister and her husband. There, as Maine becomes a state, Will learns that perhaps even without his leg, there's another, brighter future in store for him. And Cassie, too, learns that maybe, in the changing world of 1820, Will isn't the only one with the chance at a different, exciting future. . . .

The Winter Place

by Alexander Yates

There is a middle world between life and death, and Tess must navigate it to save her brother in this heart-wrenching story infused with the fractured and fantastical realms of Finnish mysticism.Axel and Tess are bewildered when a stranger shows up in their backyard accompanied by a giant brown bear, but before they can investigate the bizarre encounter, something more harrowing happens: their father is killed in a freak car accident. Now orphaned, Tess and Axel are shipped off to Finland to live with grandparents who they've never met, and are stunned to discover that the mysterious stranger with the bear has found them again. More stunning--they come to understand that this man isn't really a man...he's a keeper of souls. And the bear isn't really a's a ghost. Their mother's ghost. Wandering, endlessly, searching for their father. Then the Keeper invites Axel, who is fighting his symptoms of muscular dystrophy, to join the path of the dead--and when Axel disappears into the deep snow, Tess knows she must find a way to follow. There are mysteries connected to this peculiar man, this keeper, and if she can untangle them, she might not only save Axel, but also bring her parents peace.

Winning Sounds Like This: A Season with the Women's Basketball Team at Gallaudet, the World's Only University for the Deaf

by Wayne Coffey

The Gallaudet women's basketball team has just defeated the number one ranked team in the country, the College of New Jersey. A reporter, not wanting to be insensitive, delicately broaches the obvious question: "How can you play so well despite your hearing impairment?" Nanette Virnig, a forward for Gallaudet, puts him at ease. "We're not hearing impaired," she says. "We're deaf." Winning Sounds Like This is the remarkable story of the nation's most unique and inspiring women's basketball team and its 1999-2000 season. It is a touching chronicle of players who don't hear buzzers or cheers, a coach who has never used a whistle, and a university that is a mecca for deaf culture throughout the world. Author Wayne Coffey offers an intimate and unsparing look at the players' lives on and off the court, their struggles to overcome the mistreatment and misconceptions of the hearing world, and their deeply rooted connection to one another. Interwoven with an overview of the shameful history of education for the deaf, Coffey explores the players' hopes and dreams and introduces us to such unforgettable people as Ronda Jo Miller, a Minnesota farm girl who is the most decorated athlete in school history; Touria Ouahid, a point guard from Morocco who had to overcome the fierce objections of her Muslim culture to pursue basketball and her education; and their relentlessly dedicated coach, Kitty Baldridge, who has led the Gallaudet women's team for nearly twenty-five years. On the bench for every game, on the bus for every trip, even living in the dorms and attending classes, Coffey presents sensitively crafted portraits of ten remarkable women who adamantly reject the notion that they are disabled in any way. Their goal in life is not to be able to hear, but simply to be accepted and respected. Nearly fifteen years ago, I. King Jordan, Gallaudet's president and a towering figure in contemporary deaf history, issued a famous quote: "Deaf people can do everything but hear." Much more than just a basketball story, Winning Sounds Like This is a celebration of community, of perseverance, and of young women who live out King Jordan's words every day of their lives.

Wings of Courage

by Neil R. Hamilton

The Windows 10 Accessibility Handbook

by Mike Halsey

Learn everything you need to know about making Windows 10 easier to use, see, hear, touch, or read, whether you are using it yourself, setting it up for another person, teaching others about ease of use at work or in the home, or working with a variety of people with specific needs in the community. What you'll learn Manage accessibility in the Settings app, and make use of the Ease of Access Center Make your keyboard and mouse easier to use Make text and windows easier to read Use text or visual alternatives for sounds Use the narrator, and control it using touch and with the keyboard Use Cortana as a smart PC assistant Make use of Windows 10 shortcut keys, and touch and trackpad gestures Use and train the handwriting recognition feature Dictate or navigate using speech recognition Who this book is for The audience for this book includes (but is not limited to) Windows users with special visual, auditory, motor, and cognitive needs, at home and in the workplace. It provides guidance for IT and management professionals who work with such users, as well as the community and statutory groups, organizations, colleges, universities, and government agencies that support them. It is also a guide for friends and family supporting elderly or disabled Windows users in the home, and for anyone else looking for advice on how to make their PC simpler, easier, more productive, and ultimately more enjoyable to use. Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introducing Accessibility in Windows 10 Chapter 2: Identifying Your Needs Chapter 3: Using Windows 10 with a Visual Impairment Chapter 4: Using Windows 10 with a Hearing Impairment Chapter 5: Making the Keyboard and Mouse Easier to Use Chapter 6: Touch and Alternative Input Options Chapter 7: Windows 10 for Memory, Learning, or Other Cognitive Impairments Chapter 8: Managing Accessibility in Windows 10 Mobile Chapter 9: Windows 10 Usability Tips and Tricks

Window Boy

by Andrea White

After his mother finally convinces the principal of Greenfield Junior High to admit him, twelve-year-old Sam arrives for his first day of school, along with his imaginary friend Winston Churchill, who encourages him to persevere with his cerebral palsy.

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