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By Hugh Gregory Gallagher, Geoffrey C Ward. 1998
The author presents journal entries, essays, and speeches. Gallagher was a college student of twenty when he almost died of… polio. As an influential Senate aide and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he was instrumental in passing the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. 1998.
By Daniel Tammet. 2006
This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome.… Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. Besides being able to effortlessly multiply and divide huge sums in his head with the speed and accuracy of a computer, he learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit. Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements. Bestseller. 2006.
By Anthea Courtenay, Rachel Pinney, Mimi Schlachter. 1983
Psychiatrist Pinney, therapist to Bobby, an autistic child, undertook an unorthodox form of treatment consisting of sessions in which Bobby… chose the activities. This led to difficult and comic situations as Bobby chose to navigate every elevator he could find. 1983.
By Richard M Cohen. 2003
Emmy Award-winning television news producer and journalist chronicles his battle with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer. While detailing his vision… loss and other symptoms, Cohen's frank account is "not about suffering" but about "surviving and flourishing, rising above fear and self-doubt" with the support of his wife and children. Bestseller. 2003.
By Abigail Thomas. 2006
Author describes rebuilding her life after her husband was institutionalized for a traumatic brain injury he sustained when a car… hit him in 2000. Thomas reflects on the evolution of their relationship and how she copes with help from family, friends, knitting, and her three dogs - Rosie, Harry, and Carolina. 2006.
By Joni Eareckson Tada, Steve Estes. 1978
By Mitch Albom. 1997
Some twenty years after college, Mitch Albom rekindles his relationship with a former professor who is terminally ill. His weekly… visits with his dying mentor become a colloquium on the meaning of life, and Albom gains insight into "love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness, and, finally, death." Bestseller. 1997.
By Michael Gray. 2007
Blind Willie McTell, 1903-1959, was one of the most gifted musical artists of his generation, with an exquisite voice and… a sublime talent for the twelve-string guitar. Blind from birth, McTell never behaved as if he were handicapped by his lack of sight and he explodes every stereotype about blues musicians. In this personal and moving odyssey into a lost world of early blues music, a vulnerable black population and more, Gray peels back the many layers of a tragic, occasionally shocking but ultimately uplifting story.
By Jane Fox, Neville Cohen. 2007
The narrative starts in the early 1950s when Cohen's life was dramatically altered by a car accident. His emotional transition… after the car accident is described in detail. He neither exaggerates his strengths nor focuses on the mistreatments and discriminations done to him. He frankly reveals his frustration toward love and relationship. 2007.
By Claudette Vallée. 2006
Léonard Morin devient aveugle à l'âge de cinq ans, à la suite de l'explosion de détonateurs. C'était en 1929, l'année… de la crise. Qu'est-ce que je vais faire avec mon aveugle? se demandait sa mère avec inquiétude... et avec raison. L'espoir était aussi sombre que son avenir dans le noir. Qu'allait-il faire avec sa cécité? Ce livre décrit la réponse de Léonard à ce défi. Après ses études à l'Ontario School for the Blind, il vient s'établir en Abitibi, en 1945, pour y exercer le métier d'accordeur de pianos. Il se mariera onze ans plus tard, adoptera cinq enfants et s'impliquera de façon étonnante dans la communauté des non-voyants et des voyants tout en faisant fructifier son gagne-pain. [...] -- 4e de couv.
By Mathilde Monaque. 2006
A 14 ans, Mathilde va mal. Diagnostic : dépression. En quittant l'hôpital, elle ne comprend toujours pas les raisons de… cette souffrance, mais elle sait pourquoi elle doit vivre. Elle écrit ce récit lumineux et tendre pour nous dire qu'on peut s'en sortir. La dépression de l'adolescent n'a rien à voir avec celle de l'adulte. Elle n'entraîne pas de sentiment de culpabilité. C'est plutôt un séisme : un bouleversement des certitudes, la peur d'être soi, la crainte de ne pas aimer et de ne pas être aimé. Mathilde est une adolescente " surdouée ". Cela ne veut pas dire qu'elle est plus intelligente, mais qu'elle emmagasine davantage d'émotions et de perceptions que les autres. Ainsi Mathilde peut décrire, avec une sensibilité à vif et une écriture lucide, l'univers d'une jeune fille qui se fracasse contre la vie. Un document d'espoir. Le premier témoignage sur la dépression écrit par une adolescente. En fin d'ouvrage, Jeanne Siaud-Facchin, qui a suivi Mathilde à sa sortie de l'hôpital, apporte son regard de psychologue sur l'adolescence, la dépression, la précocité.
By Michael Greenberg, Pierre Guglielmina. 2010
Le jour où ma fille est devenue folle est l'implacable chronique de l'été durant lequel Sally, la fille de l'auteur,… âgée de quinze ans, a connu sa première crise maniaco-dépressive - un événement qui a bouleversé sa vie et celle de toute sa famille. Dans un style simple et vibrant, Michael Greenberg brosse le portrait saisissant d'un esprit et d'un corps assiégés. Il décrit son combat quotidien, peuplé de personnages inoubliables. Il dit l'espoir placé dans les psychiatres, les infirmières et les thérapeutes. Il évoque le sentiment d'impuissance, les appels à l'aide mais aussi les secousses et les révélations au sein de la famille... -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: Hurry down sunshine : a memoir.
By William N Zulu. 2005
The life story of William Zulu, a linocut artist, highly acclaimed for his evocative art-works. Having contracted spinal TB as… a baby, William underwent misplaced corrective surgery to his spine in his late teens which left him paralysed and permanently wheelchair bound. But William's story is no victim's litany; it recounts with zest and humour the events of his life, his unfolding artistic development and the world of deep rural Africa in which he is rooted. 2005.
By Christine Marion Fraser. 1980
Christine Marion Fraser was born into a large, poor family in the Govan district of Glasgow during the 1950s. At… the age of 10 she contracted a rare and horrifying disease which led to many months in hospital and her eventual confinement in a wheelchair. Even this, however, did not spoil her warmth and huge enjoyment of life.
By Peter Kavanagh. 2015
CBC journalist Peter Kavanagh was just an infant when he was diagnosed with paralytic polio and suffered permanent paralysis in… the lower part of his left leg. As a child, Kavanagh endured painful medical procedures to even out the length of his legs, and experimental exercise techniques. He spent his youth in a leg brace and special footwear, isolating for a boy whose classmates ran freely in sneakers. His first lesson in walking was how to move while wearing such equipment. Throughout his life, as he developed a very successful career in public broadcasting, built a family, and indulged in his love of music and travel, Kavanagh underwent various surgeries to give him "normal" mobility. 2015.
By David Mitchell, Naoki Higashida, Ka Yoshida. 2013
Naoki Higashida was only a middle-schooler when he began to write this book. Autistic and with very low verbal fluency,… Naoki used an alphabet grid to painstakingly spell out his answers to the questions he imagines others most often wonder about him: why do you talk so loud? Is it true you hate being touched? Would you like to be normal? Naoki examines issues as diverse and complex as self-harm, perceptions of time and beauty, and the challenges of communication, and in doing so, discredits the popular belief that autistic people are anti-social loners who lack empathy. Bestseller. 2013.
By Judy McFarlane. 2014
"Put her away and forget about her." This was the blunt advice Grace Chen's grandfather gave Grace's parents when she… was born with Down Syndrome. Twenty-four years later, Grace writes, "I always dream to be a famous writer." When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears - that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can't read, let alone write, that she might become agitated, even lash out. But the idea that Grace wants to be a writer, a dream McFarlane gave up when she was young, captures McFarlane. McFarlane delves into what it takes to face one's own prejudice, what it means to live a full life and believe you are worthy. 2014.
By Beverly Biderman. 1998
Biderman follows the evolution of the cochlear implant and its use in restoring hearing to people who are deaf or… hearing impaired. She shares her own journey from deafness to having a cochlear implant, and her research into the implant before she received it. She also discusses recent developments in the use of the implants.
By Carol S North. 1987
From childhood on, the author was dogged by the strange voices and hallucinations of schizophrenia. She graphically describes her breakdowns… and traumatic hospitalizations. She succeeded in conquering her disability and went on to become a psychiatrist. Some strong language. 1987.
By Yvan Ducharme. 1979
Avec toute l'honnêteté dont un homme est capable à certains moments de sa vie, Yvan Ducharme relate les difficultés de… son réapprentissage de la vie familiale et de sa réintégration dans le monde du show-business. Un homme qui sait raconter non pas le combat, mais le terrible face-à-face qu'il a vécu avec la mort et le cancer. 1979.