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By Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff. 1998
This biography of the portrait artist tells about his undiagnosed childhood problems with dyslexia and learning disabilities, when art was…the only subject he enjoyed. He was a famous painter in the 1960s, but was paralyzed from the neck down in 1988. The doctors said his career was over, but Close is painting again. For grades 4-7
By Jacques Lusseyran, Elizabeth R. Cameron. 1998
Lusseyran describes his life up to the age of twenty. Blinded at seven, he was a teenager when the Nazis…invaded France. After he joined the Resistance, his group was turned in by informers and imprisoned. He tells of surviving in a German concentration camp until the war's end. Includes an introduction by the editors
By Jean-Dominique Bauby, Jeremy Leggatt. 1997
A series of reminiscences by a paralyzed survivor of a massive stroke. A victim of "locked-in syndrome," he feels as…if his body were inside a diving bell, while his mind can still "soar like a butterfly." He poignantly recalls a time when he took good health for granted, and he describes how hard it is to communicate when he can only blink his left eye. Bestseller
By Jennifer Bryant, Jennifer Fisher Bryant. 1994
Recounts the life of Louis Braille who, at fifteen, created a system of raised dots that allows blind persons to…read and write. Describes Louis's childhood, the accident that caused his blindness, the support he received from his family, and his education, which led to his creation of the braille alphabet. For grades 5-8 and older readers
By Kenneth Jernigan. 1998
Members of the National Federation of the Blind discuss various aspects of being blind. An attorney writes about the importance…of learning about body language and others describe how their "educated fingers" make them adept at skills such as sewing
By Kenneth Jernigan. 1998
Eight essays by blind people who express their self-confidence in pursuing personal goals. A couple describe their trip to a…South African game park. A social worker explains why she left a secure job for a riskier career as a writer. And a magazine editor relates why baking bread has been a longtime pleasure
By Jim Knipfel. 1999
At age twelve, Knipfel's uncle told him he "better start learning braille," but it was years before he knew he…had retinitis pigmentosa. Then a brain lesion began causing erratic behavior. With humor and honesty, Knipfel recalls his reluctance to accept his condition and how he has coped. Strong language
By Dorothy Herrmann. 1998
A chronological account of Keller's long, eventful life, written from a woman's perspective. Herrmann explores Keller's world, perceived without sight…or sound; her ability to remain cheerful about her disabilities; and her relationship with teacher Anne Sullivan
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 Alvin Roberts. 1998
The author, who is blind, reminisces about his forty years as a rehabilitation counselor, recalling some of his clients and…how much he enjoyed being in the field. He also describes learning to live, travel, and work with blindness, based on personal experiences from the 1950s to the 1990s
By Kelly Davio. 2017
With equal parts wit and empathy, lived experience and cultural criticism, Kelly Davio's It's Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability…explores what it means to live with an illness in our contemporary culture, whether at home or abroad. "When the body attacks itself, the crisis is not just of bones and blood, but of beauty and boundaries. 'Strange men have had their hands on me for days, ' Kelly Davio observes during a plasma treatment. Her skillful portrait of myasthenia gravis does not exist in a vacuum. It's Just Nerves is in keen dialogue with the world around us--critiquing modern health care, pub seating etiquette, alarming election outcomes, smarmy meditation culture, and caricatures of illness in ads and on screen. 'Oxygen is delicious, ' Davio reminds us, before the fire breaks out. A brisk, funny, and at times startlingly poetic memoir." --Sandra Beasley, author of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. "Kelly Davio's It's Just Nerves feels like the book I've been waiting for all my life. If you want to know what it feels like to be a person with a disability in the 21st century, read this book. From mindfulness to yoga pants, Davio skewers ableist fabrications and brings us to a vital, ebullient, and sometimes terrifying reckoning with our real and shared human experience. She is a very funny writer and also a fearless one. Once I started reading these essays, I couldn't put them down; they resounded through me like poetry or truth." --Sheila Black, author of House of Bone and Love/Iraq. "Kelly Davio's got so much incredible stuff brewing together on every page of these nimble, shapeshifting essays: meditations on the politics of illness, the body in crisis, the spirit in bloom, David Bowie--all of it filtered, carefully, through the lithe sensibility of a poet. The results are equal parts witty and wise, heartrending and rapturous. Man, I loved this book." --Mike Scalise, author of The Brand New Catastrophe.
By Carin T Ford, Carin T. Ford. 2001
Discusses the life and accomplishments of Helen Keller (1880-1968). Covers how illness left her blind and deaf at an early…age and how her teacher, Annie Sullivan, helped her overcome these handicaps. Describes Keller's determination to have a college education and to improve conditions for others. For grades 6-9. 2001
By Jeff Savage. 2000
Profiles ten athletes who have made sports history. Includes baseball pitcher Jim Abbott, born without a right hand; golfer Ben…Hogan, whose legs were injured in a car crash; and track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who ran despite asthma. For grades 4-7. 2000
By Alice Wong. 2022
This groundbreaking memoir offers a glimpse into an activist's journey to finding and cultivating community and the continued fight for…disability justice, from the founder and director of the Disability Visibility ProjectIn Chinese culture, the tiger is deeply revered for its confidence, passion, ambition, and ferocity. That same fighting spirit resides in Alice Wong. Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer. From her love of food and pop culture to her unwavering commitment to dismantling systemic ableism, Alice shares her thoughts on creativity, access, power, care, the pandemic, mortality, and the future. As a self-described disabled oracle, Alice traces her origins, tells her story, and creates a space for disabled people to be in conversation with one another and the world. Filled with incisive wit, joy, and rage, Wong&’s Year of the Tiger will galvanize readers with big cat energy.
By Lindsley Cameron. 1998
Biography of the Japanese classical music composer Hikari Oe and his devoted father, Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the Nobel Prize…for Literature. Discusses Hikari's physical disabilities and musical gifts and his close relationship with the father who began writing to give his son a voice. c1998.
By Marc Maurer. 1999
Collection of Dr. Jernigan's writings composed mostly during the 1990s. Includes numerous speeches and excerpts from the Kernel Books. In…an introduction, Marc Maurer, of the National Federation of the Blind, describes Jernigan as a man who "changed the lives of blind people through his example and inspiration."
By Richard Galli. 2000
Chronicles eleven days in 1998 that began on the fourth of July, when the author's seventeen-year-old son, Jeffrey, suffered a…broken neck diving into a backyard pool. Describes reviving Jeffrey, learning he is a quadriplegic, and struggling with the question of ending his life support. 2000
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. A genre-defying work, There Plant Eyes reveals just how essential blindness and vision are to humanity&’s understanding of itself and the world.
By Erik Weihenmayer. 2001
In this adventure-packed memoir, the author recalls rebelling against becoming blind by age fifteen. Relates acquiring a passion for mountaineering…and developing the character traits that enabled him to succeed. Covers his climbing exploits and his wedding on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Some strong language. 2001
By Elisabeth Gitter. 2001
The life of Laura Bridgman, deaf and blind from age two, who became one of the most famous women of…the mid-nineteenth century. Explores her education with Samuel Howe at Boston's Perkins Institution for the Blind; views her achievements in the context of American social, cultural, and intellectual history. 2001. 2001