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An Introduction To Audio Description

Author: Louise Fryer

Publisher: Routledge (2016)

An Introduction to Audio Description is the first comprehensive, user-friendly student guide to the theory and practice of audio description, or media narration, providing readers with the skills needed for the effective translation of images into words for the blind and partially-sighted.

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Blindness

Author: Angela Royston

Part of a series: Young Explorer (What's it like?)

Publisher: Heinemann Library (2005)

Introduces young readers to conditions and disabilities that may affect them, or their friends and family. Each title discusses what the condition is, how it can be treated, how it affects everyday life and what it is like to have these conditions. This book contains a clear definition of each illness or condition and includes a 'how you can help' section offering contact details and further information and advice.

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Cane Confessions

Author: Amy L Bovaird

Part of a series: Mobility Series

Publisher: Ant Press (2016)

When adventurous overseas traveller Amy Bovaird is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she has no idea what difficulties lie ahead. After finishing mobility training from the Bureau of Blindness, she thinks her problems are solved, but when Amy tackles the streets with her white cane, the real fun begins. Determinedly sweeping away her fears, she starts to celebrate the reality of vision-impaired independence. Join the chaos and laughter in this series of uplifting anecdotes as Amy looks to the lighter side of mobility.

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Cockeyed

Author: Ryan Knighton

Publisher: PublicAffairs (2006)

On his eighteenth birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness. In this penetrating, nervy, often hysterically funny memoir, he tells the story of his fifteen-year descent into blindness while incidentally illuminating the wonderful strangeness of our own sighted world. He also reveals, often in rich, black comic detail, how he became both a man, and a disabled man, neither of which he initially did very well. "Blindness," he says, "is necessarily a life of slapstick;" its world is both terrifying and funny as hell. 'Cockeyed' is an account of unimaginable losses and unexpected discoveries; of life as we know it, and as we've never seen it before. Readers will find it hard to put down this wild ride around or world with a wicked blind guide at the wheel.

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Explaining Blindness

Author: Lionel Bender

Part of a series: Explaining

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2009)

The Explaining series looks at a range of conditions, illnesses and disabilities that affect children and adults all over the world. This book will help you to understand what causes blindness and how it affects people. There are many different causes of blindness and different levels of visual impairment. Some people are born blind and others become blind later in life, Learn how visually impaired people find solutions to aid them in everyday tasks, and how new technology is helping them.

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Focus

Author: Ingrid Ricks

Publisher: Ricks Communications LLC (2012)

In her powerful memoir FOCUS, Ingrid Ricks delves into the shock of discovering at age thirty-seven that she was in the advanced stages of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a devastating degenerative eye disease that doctors said would eventually steal her remaining eyesight. FOCUS takes readers into Ingrid’s world as she faces the crippling fear of not being able to see her two young daughters grow up, of becoming a burden to her husband, of losing the career she loves, and of being robbed of the independence that defines her. Ultimately, FOCUS is about Ingrid’s quest to fix her eyes that ends up fixing her life. Through an eight-year journey marked by a trip to South Africa to write about AIDS orphans, a four-day visit with a doctor who focuses on whole-body health, a relationship-changing confrontation with her husband and a life-changing lesson from her daughters, Ingrid learns to embrace the moment and see what counts—something no amount of vision loss can take from her.

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Living With Blindness: Lessons From The Life Of Imran Sabir

Author: Abdul Aziz Ahmed

Publisher: Kitaba (2009)

This book tells the story of Imran Sabir, an exceptional young man. It is a tale of steadfastness in the face of adversity, discrimination and disadvantage. Imran succeeded in his struggle to find his faith and identity. His journey sets out many lessons about religion, society, communities and personal development.

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Not Fade Away

Authors: Rebecca Alexander, Sascha Alper

Publisher: Gotham Books (2014)

Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing her sight and her hearing since she was a child and was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by age thirty. Then, at eighteen, a fall from a window left her athletic body completely shattered. In “Not Fade Away”, Rebecca tells her extraordinary story, by turns harrowing, funny, and inspiring. She meditates on what she’s lost - from the sound of a whisper to seeing a sky full of stars - and what she’s found in return - an exquisite sense of intimacy with those she is closest to, a love of silence, a profound gratitude for everything she still has, and a joy in simple pleasures that most of us forget to notice. “Not Fade Away” is both a memoir of the senses and a unique look at the obstacles we all face - physical, psychological, and philosophical - while also exploring the extraordinary powers of memory, love, and perseverance. It is a gripping story, an offering of hope and motivation, and an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

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