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By Lois Nicholson. 1996
Biography of Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf at nineteen months as a result of illness. Covers her birth…in 1880 through her death in 1968. Describes her education under her private teacher Anne Sullivan, her formal schooling, and her career. Includes an introduction by Jerry Lewis. Junior and Senior High. c1996.
Biography of musical genius Ray Charles, who was left sightless by glaucoma as a child. While a student at the…Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Charles learned to read and write music in braille. Describes his personal and professional struggles, including drug addiction, as well as triumphs. For Junior and Senior High readers. c1994.
By Jim Stovall. 1996
The author, blind before the age of thirty as a result of juvenile macular degeneration, encourages others to achieve through…their dreams. Using examples from his own life, Stovall suggests that people can succeed by changing the way they think. He recommends that once a path is decided, people should find mentors to help them along the way. c1996.
By Phyllis Campbell. 1996
Totally blind since birth, the author tells of growing up on a small Virginia farm and going away to a…residential school with her older sister (who is also blind) and becoming a church organist. She describes in loving detail the animals and other friends she meets along the way. c1996.
By Georgina Kleege. 1999
Kleege was diagnosed with macular degeneration at the age of eleven and learned coping mechanisms. In eight essays she describes…her experiences as well as the cultural aspects of blindness in language, film, and literature. As an author and professor, Kleege outlines the reading process and her delight in learning braille later in life. 1999.
By Henry A Grunwald. 1999
The author chronicles his experience of macular degeneration, and the daily struggle to overcome its physical and psychological implications, and…the discovery of what medicine can and cannot do. This is a story not merely about seeing but about living; not merely about losing sight but about gaining insight. 1999.
By Ernest Freeberg. 2001
Chronicles the life of Laura Bridgman, who, born into a New Hampshire farm family in 1829, became deaf and blind…at the age of two. Freeberg recounts Laura's transformation into a woman who voraciously absorbed the world around her under the tutelage of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe of the Perkins Institution for the Blind. 2001.
By Joan Mactavish. 2001
Biography of Mae Brown (1935-1973), who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from a Canadian university, and was a…counsellor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her college tutor chronicles Brown's family, education, social and professional life, and triumphs and disappointments.
By Edward Hoagland. 2001
A prolific nature writer's autobiographical essays. In "In the Country of the Blind," Hoagland explores social and biblical notions of…blindness and describes the loss and surgical restoration of his eyesight. Remembers teachers John Berryman and Archibald MacLeish and joining the circus at eighteen. 2001.
By Harold Krents. 1972
By John Howard Griffin. 2004
This memoir, published posthumously, focuses on the years between 1945, when the author began to lose his sight due to…an injury he received during World War II, and 1957, when he recovered it. It is a decade during which he virtually lives several lives as he traverses the emotional and physical realms created by blindness. During this time he retreats to a Benedictine Abbey in France, runs a ranch, falls in love, marries, has children and becomes a novelist. c2004.
By Jason Roberts. 2006
Known simply as The Blind Traveler, James Holman (1789-1857) fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in…Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback. This is a spellbinding and moving rediscovery of one of history's most epic lives. 2006.
By Tom Sullivan. 2003
Motivational speaker and author of "If You Could See What I Hear" offers advice on living with purpose, passion, and…fulfillment. Sullivan, blind since birth, interweaves personal experiences with reflections on lessons learned, including turning disadvantages into advantages, facing fears, and creating a life plan. 2003.
By Stephen Kuusisto. 2006
The author of "Planet of the Blind", who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world…around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso's singing. 2006.
By Frank Bruni. 2022
From New York Times columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni comes a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and…optimism after partially losing his eyesight. One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with strangely blurred vision. He wondered at first if some goo or gunk had worked its way into his right eye. But this was no fleeting annoyance, no fixable inconvenience. Overnight, a rare stroke had cut off blood to one of his optic nerves, rendering him functionally blind in that eye—forever. And he soon learned from doctors that the same disorder could ravage his left eye, too. He could lose his sight altogether. In The Beauty of Dusk , Bruni hauntingly recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities but also reaching out to, and gathering wisdom from, longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions. The result is a poignant, probing, and ultimately uplifting examination of the limits that all of us inevitably encounter, the lenses through which we choose to evaluate them and the tools we have for perseverance. Bruni's world blurred in one sense, as he experienced his first real inklings that the day isn't forever and that light inexorably fades, but sharpened in another. Confronting unexpected hardship, he felt more blessed than ever before. There was vision lost. There was also vision found
By Mickey Rowe. 2022
Growing up, Mickey Rowe was told that he couldn't enter the mainstream world. He was iced out by classmates and…colleagues, infantilized by well-meaning theatre directors, barred from even earning a minimum wage. Why? Because he is autistic. Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage is Mickey Rowe's inspiring story. As an autistic and legally blind person, it was always made clear to Mickey the many things he was apparently incapable of doing. But Mickey did them all anyway—and he succeeded because of, not in spite of, his autism. He became the first autistic actor to play the lead role in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, landed the title role in the play Amadeus, cocreated the theatre/philanthropy company Arts on the Waterfront, and founded the National Disability Theatre. Mickey faced untold obstacles along the way, but his story ends in triumph. Many people feel they are locked out of the world of autism—that it's impossible to even begin to understand. In Fearlessly Different, Mickey guides readers to that world while also helping those with autism to feel seen and understood. And he shows all people—autistic and nonautistic alike—that the things that make us different are often our biggest strengths
By Adam Ockelford. 2008
Music professor Ockelford, who specializes in working with children with disabilities, offers a biography of British pianist Derek Paravicini. Discusses…Paravicini--who was born prematurely, autistic, and blind--teaching himself to play the keyboard at age two and developing his musical talents, first at home and then in public. 2008.
By Sharon Peters. 2012
Biography of Holocaust survivor Max Edelman. Describes Max being blinded by two Nazi guards and witnessing a German Shepherd kill…another prisoner. Discusses Max’s difficulty bonding with Calvin - the Labrador guide dog he received after retiring in America - because of his fear of canines, and Calvin saving Max’s life. Violence. 2012.
By Sue Wiygul Martin. 2013
The author has written a moving account of the rebuilding of her life after a desperate, impetuous act in her…youth ended in blindness. Since that day, she has greeted the world with her trademark determination and humour, accepting each new day of challenge while squarely facing the issues attending her post-traumatic adjustment. Now, after more than thirty years of recovery and reconciliation with the past, Martin shares the simple truths of her journey. 2013.
By M. Leona Godin. 2021
From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation,…M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight. There Plant Eyes probes the ways in which blindness has shaped our ocularcentric culture, challenging deeply ingrained ideas about what it means to be “blind.” For millennia, blindness has been used to signify such things as thoughtlessness (“blind faith”), irrationality (“blind rage”), and unconsciousness (“blind evolution”). But at the same time, blind people have been othered as the recipients of special powers as compensation for lost sight (from the poetic gifts of John Milton to the heightened senses of the comic book hero Daredevil). Godin—who began losing her vision at age ten—illuminates the often-surprising history of both the condition of blindness and the myths and ideas that have grown up around it over the course of generations. She combines an analysis of blindness in art and culture (from King Lear to Star Wars) with a study of the science of blindness and key developments in accessibility (the white cane, embossed printing, digital technology) to paint a vivid personal and cultural history.