"I loaded up my huge pink ford with materials pillaged from the storeroom, borrowed a map of the county so I could find my scattered students, and set out to become a real teacher."
In her remarkable memoir, Laura Fogg shares the unique life lessons she learned from the children she's worked with as a teacher of the visually impaired; lessons on patience, hope, doubt, loss, control, judgment and, ultimately, joy. With honesty and insight, Laura relates her experiences as an itinerant teacher in beautiful, rural Mendocino County. The abundant challenges and delights in her life's work are vividly portrayed with humor and tears and each child is seen for who he is--rather than for who he is not.
Traveling Blind will bring you a deeper understanding of the struggles, perils and unexpected wonders of learning to negotiate this world without vision. Laura's students reveal that blindness is a difficult and inconvenient condition, but one that does not have to rob people of their humanity, their intelligence or their zest for living. Parents, teachers, caregivers, all who love a child with a visual impairment or multiple handicaps, as well as those who have never even thought about blindness, will find stories that resonate in Traveling Blind.
"Her explicit memory of experiences while learning to be an Orientation and Mobility Specialist are completely accurate, down to the street names where she learned to travel under blindfold. As Laura goes into what she taught students, and they taught her, she is in her element as a magnificent writer."
Dr. Phil Hatlen, Superintendent, Texas School for the Blind.
About the Author: Laura Fogg has worked as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor for the Blind since 1971. She pioneered the use of the white cane with blind students who are very young or who have mulitple impairments, and has presented her techniques at the State conference of the Ca. Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists. She received a BA from the University of California in Berkeley and an MA at San Francisco State University. With the exception of student teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area, her entire career has been in Mendocino County on California's North Coast. She is also a nationally acclaimed visual artist.
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This is a wonderful book - a must read for parents and teachers.
'Traveling Blind' is as good as its quirky title. I didn't expect a book about blind children to be such an upbeat page turner. While there is plenty of technical information on blindness, the focus is always on the personal. Laura Fogg has obvious affection for her students. The reader gets truly involved in the creativity she brings to helping each one cope with relating to a sighted world. We get a close up view of kids making tremendous progress against what look like insurmountable odds.
For 35 years Laura Fogg has worked with blind children and their families, traveling throughout Northern California's Mendocino County, using her car as an office and her abundant creativity as her main teaching tool. This remarkable memoir describes the challenges and delights in her life's work while portraying blindness as a condition that can be difficult and inconvenient to deal with, but which does not have to rob people of their humanity, intelligence, or zest for living. In Traveling Blind Fogg tells the stories of fifteen of the students whose lives and experiences had the greatest impact on her. In these tales, each child is seen for who he is¿rather than for who he is not, and each teaches Laura lessons about patience, hope, doubt, loss, control, judgment and, ultimately, joy. Her book brings a deeper understanding of the struggles, perils and unexpected wonders of learning to negotiate this world without vision. Fogg relates her experiences, both in teaching and in learning to travel blindfolded herself, with honesty and insight, and never reduces a child to someone who should be pitied. Fogg is remarkable in herself, having pioneered the use of the white cane¿formerly reserved for blind adults¿with very young children and with those who have multiple impairments. Combining a pioneering spirit with insight, intelligence, humility and a fierce belief that all humans deserve the right to have a say in the course of their lives, in this book Fogg describes how she guides blind children in achieving independence. She writes knowledgeably and without waffling¿going for the guts of the matter and avoiding platitudes. The roads of rural and coastal Mendocino County become as much a character as Fogg and her students¿in short chapters that are like interludes between the students' stories, Fogg waxes eloquently poetic about the flora, fauna, landscape and weather of the region that she knows and loves so well. In this book Fogg writes about all aspects of blindness and how it affects the daily and long-term matters of a person's life, and about how, sometimes, the greatest measure of success is simply being able to have friends.