Explaining Blindness

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Mankato, MN 2009 Hard cover New. Library binding. Paper over boards. 45 p. Contains: Illustrations. Explaining. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

The Explaining...series looks at a range of conditions, illnesses, and disabilities that affect children and adults all over the world. The books explain why they occur, how they are diagnosed, how they affect people, and how they can be treated. Case studies illustrate how it feels to have an illness or disability and how children and adults manage their conditions and live full and happy lives.

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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Children's Literature - Shelly McCoy
Blindness is a disorder of the eye or visual centers of the brain or both. A blind person cannot see even with the help of glasses or can see the top of the eye chart only at a distance of less than ten feet. This book provides an in-depth look at one of the most common disabilities effecting humans and gives readers information on: the causes and effects, types of blindness, tests and treatments, and coping. Although 95 percent of those who are blind are elderly, 65 and older, blindness is a topic that few people know much about. Readers may be in contact with someone who is blind and this book will help them understand the disability. It also shows some of the ways that are out there to help them live a normal lifestyle—such as white canes, guide dogs, specially-equipped telephones, and computers. Reviewer: Shelly McCoy
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–The goal of this series is to give readers a better understanding of these disorders since they will often be in contact with sufferers. The writers accomplish this mission quite well, thoroughly explicating the diseases in a way that will not overwhelm readers (text is small but chapters are only two pages long). The books provide basic overviews of the health concerns related to the disease; information on diagnosis and treatment; and a discussion of the challenges or complications experienced by the affected person and their family/friends, and how to manage those problems. The texts close with a chapter about ongoing research and possible future cures. The “Further Information” sections include books that have been published in the past few years as well as a list of appropriate organizations and Web sites. The incorporation of quotes and personal accounts in “Case Notes” sidebars adds to the sensitive tone found throughout the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599203102
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Black Rabbit Explaining Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 45
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

What is Blindness? 8

Causes and Effects 10

Visual Impairment 12

Color Blindness and Night Blindness 14

Eye Tests 16

Treatments and Cures 18

Coping with Blindness 20

Optical Aids 22

On the Move 24

Guide Dogs and Canes 26

Home Life 28

Blindness and Families 30

Blindness at School 32

Blindness as an Adult 34

Blindness, Sports, and Leisure 36

The Future for Blindness 38

Glossary 40

Further Information 42

Index 44

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