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By Dorothy Ellen Palmer. 2019
Born with congenital anomalies in both feet, then called birth defects, Dorothy Ellen Palmer was adopted as a toddler by… a wounded 1950s family who had no idea how to handle the tangled complexities of adoption and disability. From repeated childhood surgeries to an activist awakening at university to decades as a feminist teacher, mom, improv coach and unionist, she tried to hide being different. But now, standing proud with her walker, she's sharing her journey. Navigating abandonment, abuse and ableism, she finds her birth parents and a new chosen family in the disability community. 2019.
Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes… educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.Left blind, deaf, and mute after an illness in infancy, Helen Keller overcame her disabilities with the help of Anne Sullivan, her inspired teacher. Her classic autobiography, first published in 1903, covers her first twenty-two years, including the memorable moment at a water pump when she first made the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand. She also discusses her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes and other notables, her education at Radcliffe, her joy at learning to speak, and above all, her extraordinary relationship with her teacher. This deeply moving memoir, full of love and compassion for others, offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable women. Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author's personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research. Read with confidence.
An inspiring story of beating the odds and learning to overcome--no matter what life hands you.After starting a family and… flourishing in his career, Tim Hague was struck by misfortune. The irritating tremor in his foot turned out to be early onset Parkinson's disease. He was only 46 years old. But what seemed to be an end became a new beginning. Just three years later, Hague won the inaugural The Amazing Race Canada (with his son, Tim Jr., as his teammate). His remarkable life story shows that perseverance is not just a matter of willpower: it is a skill that can be learned and honed. And perseverance is the theme of his life. From the day he was born, Hague has gone from one struggle to another. Yet, remarkably, he doesn't have a trace of self-pity. In fact, he feels blessed. From his tough start in life as an unwanted mixed-race baby born in Texas in 1964, to his eventual move to the unforgiving climate of Winnipeg, Canada, to start a family under difficult circumstances, and his continuing battle with Parkinson's--Hague's life is a roadmap of perseverance. Parkinson's has forced him to retire early from the work he loves as a registered nurse. But as a healthcare professional, and now suffering from a challenging disease himself, Hague discusses living with Parkinson's like no one else could. He now works with charities to help promote Parkinson's awareness and his "Live Your Best" message. Drawing on his experience winning The Amazing Race, and referencing cutting-edge research and studies, Hague weaves a moving story of failure and success, outlining the elements of his philosophy that anyone can apply to their own lives, including: * The nature of luck: Luck comes to those who keep trying until the end--never stop until the race is over. * Find community: As a nurse, a husband and father, and a man living with Parkinson's, Hague knows better than most that we all need to ask for help sometimes, and that's a good thing. * Accept limits: By focusing on what we can do, we accomplish more than we ever thought possible. * Cease striving: We think of striving as a positive attribute, but all we end up doing is banging our heads against the wall. Have goals, but have fun. Do not create anxiety out of nothing and maintain perspective. * Live Your Best: No such thing as giving 110%--can only do your best. Inspirational and entertaining, Hague's message is both simple and profound: perseverance isn't just something a person has, or a trait we admire in others. Hague's book, like his life, is a guide to how we can all learn to persevere in the face of daily struggles--or even life-changing illness.
By Marcus Brotherton, Gary Sinise, Travis Mills. 2015
Thousands have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Five have survived quadruple amputee injuries This… is one soldier s story Thousands of soldiers die year to defend their country United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan he was caught in an IED blast four days before his twenty-fifth birthday Against the odds he lived but at a severe cost--Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation Suddenly forced to reconcile with the fact that he no longer had arms or legs Travis was faced with a future drastically different from the one he had imagined for himself He would never again be able to lead his squad stroke his fingers against his wife s cheek or pick up his infant daughter Travis struggled through the painful and anxious days of rehabilitation so that he could regain the strength to live his life to the fullest With enormous willpower and endurance the unconditional love of his family and a generous amount of faith Travis shocked everyone with his remarkable recovery Even without limbs he still swims dances with his wife rides mountain bikes and drives his daughter to school Travis inspires thousands every day with his remarkable journey He doesn t want to be thought of as wounded I m just a man with scars he says living life to the fullest and best I know how From the Hardcover edition
By Matthew Sanford. 2008
Matthew Sanford s inspirational story about the car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down is a superbly… written memoir of healing and journey from near death to triumphant life Matt Sanford s life and body were irrevocably changed at age 13 on a snowy Iowa road On that day his family s car skidded off an overpass killing Matt s father and sister and left him paralyzed from the chest down confining him to a wheelchair His mother and brother escaped from the accident unharmed but were left to pick up the pieces of their decimated family This pivotal event set Matt on a lifelong journey from his intensive care experiences at the Mayo Clinic to becoming a paralyzed yoga teacher and founder of a nonprofit organization Forced to explore what it truly means to live in a body he emerges with an entirely new view of being a whole person By turns agonizingly personal philosophical and heartbreakingly honest this groundbreaking memoir takes you inside the body heart and mind of a boy whose world has been shattered Follow Sanford s journey as he rebuilds from the ground up searching for healing stories to help him reconnect his mind and his body To do so he must reject much of what traditional medicine tells him and instead turn to yoga as a centerpiece of his daily practice He finds not only a better life but also meaning and purpose in the mysterious distance that we all experience between mind and body In Waking Sanford delivers a powerful message about the endurance of the human spirit and of the body that houses it
By John Callahan, David Kelly. 2018
Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney… MaraFeaturing more than 60 of Callahan's original cartoons“When people laugh like hell and then say, ‘That’s not funny,’ you can be pretty sure they’re talking about John Callahan.”— P.J. O’RourkeIn 1972, at the age of 21, John Callahan was involved in a car crash that severed his spine and made him a quadriplegic. A heavy drinker since the age of 12 (alcohol had played a role in his crash), the accident could have been the beginning of a downward spiral. Instead, it sparked a personal transformation. After extensive physical therapy, he was eventually able to grasp a pen in his right hand and make rudimentary drawings. By 1978, Callahan had sworn off drinking for good, and begun to draw cartoons.Over the next three decades, until his death in 2010, Callahan would become one of the nation’s most beloved—and at times polarizing—cartoonists. His work, which shows off a wacky and sometimes warped sense of humor, pokes fun at social conventions and pushes boundaries. One cartoon features Christ at the cross with a thought bubble reading “T.G.I.F.” In another, three sheriffs on horseback approach an empty wheelchair in the desert. “Don’t worry,” one sheriff says to another, “He won’t get far on foot.”Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot recounts Callahan’s life story, from the harrowing to the hilarious. Featuring more than 60 of Callahan’s cartoons, it’s a compelling look at art, addiction, disability, and fame. A film adaptation scheduled for 2018, starring Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, will bring fresh attention to this underappreciated classic.
By Matthew E Buchi, Josh Birnbaum. 2017
In 2008, the men's wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois set out to achieve their sport's pinnacle: a… college national championship. That lofty goal represented another stage of a journey begun in 1948 when Tim Nugent established the Gizz Kids wheelchair squad. Embedded with the team, Josh Birnbaum took photos that captured the life experiences of people in the Illinois wheelchair basketball program from 2005 through the 2008 championship season. Dream Shot follows the unique lives of the players and coaches on the court and the road, and in quiet moments at home and the classroom. Along the way, Birnbaum provides the definitive story of the 2008 team and the challenges it overcame to capture one of Illinois's record fifteen men's titles. Featuring more than 100 color photographs, Dream Shot memorializes a legendary team alongside the story of the university's dedication to the progress of disability rights.
By Dylan Emmons. 2016
Dylan Emmons has always lived his life in two worlds. Diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of six, his school… days were spent struggling to overcome the sensory and social hurdles that made fitting in with his classmates in the 'real world' so hard. An aspiring social chameleon, he attempted to blend in, despite his hidden other world of Asperger's. This book tells the story of his attempt, with the hindsight gained in adult life that it is better to spend energy learning to be happy, than learning to be 'normal'. By describing the two conflicting worlds of his childhood, Dylan Emmons reveals the reasons behind the actions, mood swings and awkwardness of children on the autism spectrum that can often appear mysterious and unprovoked to neurotypical family members, friends, teachers and professionals.
A graduate of the Maryland Institution for the Blind, Mary L. Day published a memoir in 1859 entitled Incidents in… the Life of a Blind Girl. In this book, a sequel to her first, she recounts how she traveled throughout the country earning a living through the sale of her memoir. She also writes about meeting her future husband, visiting places of interest, and having numerous adventures on the road. The book closes with several essays on blindness and the education of the blind and with a collection of poems by blind authors.
He was born a congenital amputee, his arms ending at his elbows and his legs at his knees. But that… didn't stop Kyle Maynard from becoming a champion, on the wrestling mat and in his life.No Excuses is the inspiring story of Kyle's battle against the odds. You'll learn about the family who supported him, the coach who trained him, and the faith that strengthened him to face the toughest fights.
By Kristen C. Harmon, William B. Swett. 2017
In Adventures of a Deaf-Mute, Deaf New Englander William B. Swett recounts his adventures in the White Mountains of New… Hampshire in the late 1860s. Given to us in short, energetic episodes, Swett tells daring stories of narrow escapes from death and other perilous experiences during his time as a handyman and guide at the Profile House, a hotel named for the nearby Old Man of the Mountain rock formation. A popular destination, the hotel attracted myriad guests, and Swett’s tales of rugged endurance are accompanied by keen observations of the people he meets. Confident in his identity as a Deaf “mute,” he notes with wry humor the varied perceptions of deafness that he encounters. As a signing Deaf person from a prominent multigenerational Deaf family, he counters negative stereotypes with generosity and a smart wit. He takes pride in his physical abilities, which he showcases through various stunts and arduous treks in the wilderness. However, Swett’s writing also reveals a deep awareness of the fragility and precariousness of life. This is a portrait of a man testing his physical and emotional limits, written from the vantage point of someone who is no longer a young man but is still very much in the prime of his life. This collection also includes “Mr. Swett and His Diorama,” an article from 1859 in which Swett describes his miniature recreation of the Battle of Lexington, as well as Manual Alphabets, a pamphlet published in 1875 on the history of manual alphabets that includes short biographies of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc, two pioneers of Deaf education in the United States. The work is accompanied by a new introduction that offers a reflection on Swett’s life and the time in which he lived.
By John M. Hull. 1990
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.
By Derek Gill, Joan Brock. 1994
Joan Brock was a teacher at an Iowa school for the blind when her life was nearly prefect. Then tragedy… struck not once but twice. Most people would have wallowed in self pity and asked Why me? This courageous woman decided to face her challenges and ask Why not me? Her story is to say the very least inspirational.
By Susy Parker. 2017
Susy Parker's daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety when she was just six years old. Months later she… was also diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD). Saving Sarah charts her family's rollercoaster journey from diagnosis, through the consulting rooms of various specialists, their confusion over the conflicting medical advice they received and Susy's eventual decision to quit the medications and find her own way to save her daughter and their family. I am sharing Sarah's story to let other parents know that there can be another way and that miracles do happen, because a miracle happened to us. ADHD, it's just a different way to be. - Susy I think that the Doctors don't know what they are doing. Children are really scared, and the Doctors don't know what the children are actually capable of. When they know, they will see that they are beautiful children, and they don't need medication. - Sarah * Names have been changed to protect identity
By Georgina Kleege. 2006
By Kenny Fries. 2017
Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to… difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.
By Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls, Darryl C. Greene. 2001
Biography of a deaf-blind woman who spent 18 years isolated in a mental hospital before gaining her freedom, earning a… college degree and working as a social worker in northeast Ohio. The co-authors are a deaf social worker and blind pastor.
By Kenneth Jernigan. 1994
This is the seventh book in the Kernel Book Series. In these books, people who are blind share incidents from… their lives and tell how they coped with them. Some are serious; some are humorous; all are thought-provoking. Other books in this series are available from Bookshare.
By Kenneth Jernigan. 1999