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Behind Our Eyes: Stories, Poems and Essays by Writers with Disabilities Paperback – 4 Dec 2007

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The Behind Our Eyes group is comprised of disabled writers who encourage creative self-expression among people with disabilities. Guided by experiences from a forty-five-year age range and views from two continents, these twenty-seven contributors share their writing with each other and also learn from professionals through teleconferences and mailing lists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Testiment 24 Dec. 2007
By CD Fahy - Published on
Format: Paperback
This generous collection of fiction, poetry and memoir, all written by those with blindness and visual impairment, provides a stirring overview of what
it is like to live with serious loss of vision. The selections address the anxiety, uncertainty and depression experienced when one becomes blind and the
realization of how one can adapt--the personal and social as well as physical adjustments one can make to effectively cope with a changed world. A guide
dog who fends off a home intruder, a harrowing hospital experience that results in a set of guidelines for health professionals who deal with the blind
(worth the price of the book), the condescension and obtuseness of certain sighted people when dealing with those with vision loss, keeping an artist's
journal, and a humorous piece on the hazards of the long cane are only a few of the many wonderful selections in this volume, which is a powerful testament
to the resiliency of the human spirit. Heartfelt, informative, at times sarcastic and caustic, "Behind Our Eyes" is ideal for college classes and rehab
programs, and every library should have a copy of it on its shelves.

--Christopher Fahy, author of "Breaking Point" and former vocational rehabilitation counselor for the blind, State of Maine.
4.0 out of 5 stars Digging Deep for Real Stories 10 Dec. 2007
By Sophie Ulster - Published on
Format: Paperback
These stories are heart felt and provocative. All writers must
dig deep into their souls to come up with stories that speak to their
readers. These stories take the reader a step further into a world that
is different and challenging, where the written word and the effort to
produce it are even more difficult that usual to evoke. And though the
outer world of the disabled person may be different, these excerpts prove
once again than we are all the same in our longings, our struggles and our
feelings of triumph when we beat the odds.
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