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This reference guide lists, by topic, audio and electronic braille books on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) web service that are related to blindness and other disabilities. BARD is a password-protected download service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress that provides access to thousands of books, magazines, and music scores. All NLS patrons in good standing are eligible for BARD service.

If you are enrolled in the NLS braille and talking book program, you may register for BARD and following the links to the BARD application. Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by a local cooperating library. Once registered, patrons may also access BARD through the BARD Mobile app available from the App Store and Google Play. Braille books may be accessed through devices connected to refreshable displays by a Bluetooth device.

Materials listed in this publication also are available on cartridge through your local cooperating library. Topics include disability studies; health, psychology and sexuality; the disability rights movement; and disability and the arts. Sections are dedicated to parents with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, older adults with disabilities, and veterans with disabilities.

Listings are alphabetical, and book numbers are provided. Book numbers with the prefix DB are digital talking books; numbers with the prefix BR are electronic contracted braille (ebraille) books.


Assistive Technology

Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Exploring Today’s Assistive Technology
by Alliance for Technology Access
BR13816 4 volumes
DB52968 14 hours, 15 minutes, read by Erik Synnestvedt
Provides an overview of the hardware, software, and other considerations surrounding computer resources for people with disabilities. Includes personal stories about using technology in daily life. Discusses braille displays, braille embossers and translators, and speech synthesizers among other products. Foreword by Stephen Hawking. Third edition. 2000.

The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices: Tools and Gadgets for Living Independently
by Suzanne Robitaille
DB70279 6 hours, 45 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to the history, use, and acquisition of assistive technologies (AT). Lists devices such as programmable prosthetics and text-to-speech software for individuals with visual, hearing, physical, or cognitive disabilities and learning disorders. Offers strategies for dealing with emotional issues related to AT. Covers the Americans with Disabilities Act. 2010.

The Man with the Bionic Brain: And Other Victories over Paralysis
by Jon Muckand
DB75516 12 hours, 43 minutes, read by Barry Bernson
Rehabilitation physician discusses BrainGate, the microelectrode system that recognizes thought patterns in paralyzed people so that they can operate prosthetics with their thoughts. Recounts implanting the device in the brain of Matthew Nagle, a twenty-one-year-old who suffered a stab wound in his neck that severed his spinal cord and paralyzed his arms and legs. 2012.

Seeing beyond Blindness
by Shelley Kinash
BR17387 3 volumes
DB65093 10 hours, 58 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
Inquiry into the blind personʼs online-learning experience. Author presents interpretive research culled from interviews with seven blind online learners and twenty-five others—blind and sighted—including parents, teachers, and inventors of accessibility resources. Discusses usability and user issues such as technological proficiency and working knowledge of adaptive technology. 2006.

Biography, Autobiography, and People with Disabilities

Always Climb Higher!
by Jeff Pagels
DB80208 6 hours, 15 minutes, read by David Hartley-Margolin
Paralympian Pagels discusses being paralyzed in a 1984 tree-cutting accident, his recovery, becoming involved in wheelchair sports, and eventually going to the Paralympics in Albertville, France, and winning gold medals. Explains how he then went on to climb mountains using a specialized chair. 2014.

Amazing Grace: Autobiography of a Survivor
by Grace Halloran
DB52017 11 hours, 6 minutes
Recounts the life of Californian Grace Halloran, who was diagnosed at age twenty-three with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disorder leading to blindness. Learning that her newborn son could also become blind, Halloran dedicated her life to discovering ways to preserve and strengthen sight. 1993.

And There Was Light: The Autobiography of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance
by Jacques Lusseyran
BR11692 2 volumes
DB46611 6 hours, 15 minutes, read by Ted Stoddard
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 warʼs end. Includes an introduction by the editors. 1998.

As the Twig is Bent
by Kenneth Jernigan and the National Federation of the Blind
BR09348 1 volume
DB37264 1 hour, 24 minutes, read by Ronald B. Meyer
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) presents essays from individuals who discuss aspects of growing up blind. Overcoming othersʼ misconceptions about blindness is the central theme among experiences such as being overprotected as children, deciding whether or not to use a cane, and seeking employment. Contributors range from a seven-year-old boy to the creator of the braille math code. Many stress the importance of NFB in their lives. 1992.

Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller
by Kim E. Nielsen
BR18459 3 volumes
DB69091 10 hours, 43 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
The author of The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (DB57987) uses Anne Sullivan Macyʼs notes and letters to portray her impoverished upbringing, education at the Perkins Institution, and personal relationships, especially with her pupil Helen Keller. 2009.

Biography of the Blind: Including the Lives of All Who Have Distinguished Themselves as Poets, Philosophers, Artists, and Company
by Kenneth A. Stuckey and James Wilson
BR10518 3 volumes
DB42343 10 hours, 57 minutes. read by Lou Harpenau
Collected and edited by Kenneth Stuckey from the four original editions of 1821 through 1838. “Offers insights into the lives of blind people before the great emancipators of the blind,” says Stuckey. Subjects include Homer, Milton, Handel, and many others. 1995.

Blind but Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson
by Kent Gustavson
DB76189 10 hours, 54 minutes, read by Jack Fox
Biography of blind Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter, and singer Arthel “Doc” Watson (1923–2012) from Appalachian North Carolina. Explores his training at the Raleigh School for the Blind, rise during the 1960s folk revival, partnership with his son Merle, and the development of his flatpicking style of guitar playing. 2010.

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant—A Memoir
by Daniel Tammet
DB63862 6 hours, 16 minutes, read by George Holmes
Autobiography of Daniel Tammet, a twenty-six-year-old British autistic savant with Aspergerʼs syndrome and synesthesia, who can perform rapid memorization and mathematical calculations and learn an unfamiliar language in days. Describes his impoverished childhood with eight siblings, mainstream education, and adult life as a gay Christian. Bestseller. 2006.

Bravo! Miss Brown: A World without Sight and Sound
by Joan Mactavish
BR13551 3 volumes
DB52603 10 hours, 19 minutes, read by Kimberly Schraf
Biography of Mae Brown (1935–1973), who was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from a Canadian university and a counselor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her college tutor chronicles Brownʼs family, education, social and professional life, and triumphs and disappointments. 2000.

Breaking Barriers: Working and Loving While Blind—A Memoir
by Peter Altschul
DB76081 6 hours, 50 minutes, read by Jack Fox
Autobiography of blind musician, composer, and social worker Altschul. Describes his youth in New York State, education at Princeton University and the New England Conservatory, and career and marriage. Also discusses his experience obtaining dogs through the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 2012.

Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir
by Martha Mason
DB72767 11 hours, 28 minutes, read by Gabriella Cavallero
Quadriplegic journalist describes enjoying friendships, books, and a career despite needing an eight-hundred-pound iron lung for sixty-one years. Details her childhood, her brother's polio diagnosis and death at age thirteen, and contracting polio herself at age eleven——just days after his funeral. Recounts excelling in college with her mother's aid. 2003.

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures:A Memoir
by Quinn Bradlee and Jeff Himmelman
DB70355 4 hours, 46 minutes, read by Andy Pyle
The author candidly recounts his youthful battles with physical ailments and learning disabilities that were eventually diagnosed at age fourteen as velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS). Discusses schooling, medication, his dog, surfing, girls, support from his parents and mentors, and his desire to educate the public about VCFS. 2009.

Forgotten Eagle: Wiley Post, America’s Heroic Aviation Pioneer
by Bryan B. Sterling and Frances N. Sterling
DB56190 13 hours, read by Roy Avers
Biography of pioneering aviator Wiley Post (1898–1935). Describes his childhood in Texas, time in prison, and loss of an eye in an oil-rig accident, as well as his accomplishments in the air. Recounts his ill-fated journey to Alaska with humorist Will Rogers that ended in their deaths. 2001.

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
by Martin Pistorius
DB81045 8 hours, 32 minutes, read by Erik Sandvold
Pistorius explains how, in 1988 at age twelve, a mysterious illness left him mute and in a wheelchair. Misdiagnosed, he lived in care centers for severely disabled children for ten years. Describes how he was finally able to communicate that his mind was fine, reclaim his life, and fall in love. 2013

Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes
by Mary Tyler Moore
DB68927 6 hours, 29 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
The former sitcom actress recounts her experiences with juvenile diabetes, which was diagnosed during a miscarriage. Now the chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Moore acknowledges that her past lack of attention to glucose control resulted in vision and foot problems. Includes facts about diabetes and resources. 2009.

Guide Dogs and Guns: America’s First Blind Marksman Fires Back
by Carey McWilliams
DB65699 10 hours, 21 minutes, read by Bill Wallace
Autobiography of concealed-weapons permit holder Carey McWilliams (b. 1973), blind since age ten. Describes his civilian and military weapons training, the shooting qualifying exams, and the ensuing Second Amendment debate. Discusses his passion for scuba diving, his guide dogs, and his wife, Victoria. Some strong language. 2007.

Helen Keller, Public Speaker: Sightless but Seen, Deaf but Heard
by Lois J. Einhorn
BR13617 4 volumes
DB52120 6 hours, 30 minutes, read by Kristin Allison
An account of Helen Kellerʼs public speaking, concentrating on the characteristics, effectiveness, and broad range of topics of her speeches. Observes that, although sightless and deaf, she learned to communicate effectively, inspiring others with her “vision of a better tomorrow.” Provides a chronology of her discourse. 1998.

I Can Feel Blue on Monday
by Marc Maurer
BR12826 1 volume
DB50888 1 hour, 22 minutes, read by Nanette Savard
This collection of vignettes “tells what blindness is and, perhaps equally important, what it is not.” In the title article math professor Abraham Nemeth, the originator of the braille code for mathematics and sciences, describes his English teacherʼs frustration because Nemeth could not feel the color of a piece of paper. 2000.

Iʼm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond
by Geri Jewell and Ted Nichelson
DB76885 10 hours, 6 minutes, read by Geri Jewell
Actress, comedienne, and author of Geri (DB22656) discusses her life with cerebral palsy and roles on the television show The Facts of Life and in the HBO series Deadwood as well as her drug addiction and sexuality. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2011.

In the Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini
by Adam Ockelford
DB75276 6 hours, 36 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Music professor Ockelford, who specializes in working with children with disabilities, offers a biography of British pianist Derek Paravicini. Discusses Paravicini—who was born prematurely, autistic, and blind—teaching himself to play the keyboard at age two and developing his musical talents, first at home and then in public. 2007.

Long Time, No See
by Beth Finke
BR14821 2 volumes
DB56482 6 hours, 14 minutes, read by Jill Fox
NPR commentator’s memoir of confronting blindness from diabetic retinopathy. Includes medical information pertinent to her personal experience as she discusses going blind as a twenty-six-year-old newlywed, having and caring for a multiply disabled child, using a talking-computer setup, and acquiring a guide dog to support her independence. Some strong language. 2003.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s
by John Elder Robison
DB64970 6 hours, 22 minutes, read by Mark Deakins
Author, who at forty was diagnosed as having Aspergerʼs, describes his dysfunctional upbringing and discovery of audiovisual equipment that led to working with a rock band and a toy company. Foreword by his brother Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors (DB54817). Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence
by John Hockenberry
DB41210 16 hours, 45 minutes, read by Ray Hagen
Hockenberry has been a reporter, commentator, and host for National Public Radio and television. He writes of the nineteen years since a car accident left him paraplegic at nineteen. His frustration and humor come through in describing such incidents as a construction crewʼs placing orange cones around him after a spill from his chair. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

My Fatherʼs Fortune: A Life
by Michael Frayn
DB74883 8 hours, 59 minutes, read by Ray Foushee
Award-winning British author and playwright chronicles his London familyʼs ascension into the twentieth-century middle class. Relates the travails of his hard-of-hearing salesman father, who was raised by deaf parents, and the early death of his musically trained mother. Describes his own childhood during World War II. 2010.

My Left Foot
by Christy Brown
DB29488 4 hours, 57 minutes, read by Bob Askey
The autobiography of a young Irish writer so physically disabled by cerebral palsy that until the age of eighteen, he had muscular control only of his left foot. He describes his family life as one of twenty-two children whose mother refused to believe, against misleading evidence, that he was mentally deficient. 1955.

My Path Leads to Tibet: The Inspiring Story of How One Young Blind Woman Brought Hope to the Blind Children of Tibet
by Sabriye Tenberken
BR14654 2 volumes
DB55975 6 hours, 53 minutes, read by Corrie James
The author recounts her journey to Tibet, where she opened a school for blind children to teach them the Tibetan braille system she devised while a University of Bonn student. Tenberken describes losing her sight at age twelve, her education, establishing her school, and founding the organization Braille without Borders. 2000.

Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
by Rebecca Alexander and Sascha Alper
BR20582 3 volumes
DB80043 7 hours, 59 minutes, read by Kate Kiley
Autobiography of a woman born with Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that causes the gradual loss of hearing and vision. Chronicles the progression of her condition, describes dealing with her diagnosis as a young adult, and recounts a devastating accident that left every bone in her body broken. 2014.

Now I See You: A Memoir
by Nichole C. Kear
BR20568 4 volumes
DB80131 6 hours, 17 minutes, read by Celeste Lawson
Kear, diagnosed at age nineteen with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), shares her struggles with acceptance of the condition and the risks and adventures she engaged in during her twenties. Describes falling in love and having children, and how she focused on them before admitting to having RP. Strong language. 2014.

An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life
by Liz Fordred and Susie Blackmun
DB58390 10 hours, 34 minutes, read by Janis Gray
Account of a resourceful paraplegic couple who built a boat in landlocked Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and sailed from South Africa to the Americas in 1981. Fordred describes how she and her husband, Pete, overcame formidable obstacles in constructing the Usikusiku to accommodate their disabilities. Details their remarkable journey to gain independence and a new life. 2001.

Out of the Whirlpool: A Memoir of Remorse and Reconciliation
by Sue Wiygul Martin
DB78152 9 hours, 38 minutes, read by Kristin Allison
Blind educator details her life after losing her vision in a suicide attempt at age twenty-six. Discusses her rehabilitation and the physical and emotional adjustments she made. Describes decades of working with ever-changing technologies, learning to use a guide dog, and participating in the Paralympics. Some strong language. 2013.

Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Aspergerʼs
by Tim Page
DB70677 5 hours, 6 minutes, read by Barry Bernson
Memoir by the noted music critic, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997. Diagnosed at age forty-five with Aspergerʼs syndrome—to which Page attributes his lifelong unease and social awkwardness, as well as his success and accomplishments—he describes his extreme devotion to music, among other obsessions. Some strong language. 2009.

Planet of the Blind
by Stephen Kuusisto
BR11518 2 volumes
DB45500 5 hours, 24 minutes, read by Arnie Warren
Although legally blind since birth, Kuusisto passed as sighted for more than thirty years. He describes his refracted visual perceptions and how pretending to see actually interfered with his participation in the sighted world. Then, by using a white cane and, eventually, a guide dog, he experienced new acceptance and mobility. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1998.

Poster Child: A Memoir
by Emily Rapp
DB64965 6 hours, 36 minutes, read by Nicola Daval
Former March of Dimes “poster child” recounts both physical and emotional struggles following a foot amputation at age four. Describes the effect of subsequent operations and prosthetics on her self-image and relationships and relates how she eventually accepted her body, considering it “individual, imperfect, and unique.” Strong language. 2007.

Reading Lips: And Other Ways to Overcome a Disability
by Diane Scharper and Philip J. Scharper
DB67826 8 hours, 27 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Diane Scharper, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and ophthalmologist Philip Scharper Jr. present twenty-nine winners from the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education memoir competition. Contributors from all over the world describe, in prose and poetry, overcoming life-altering disabilities ranging from blindness to cancer. 2008.

Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention
by Charlotte Gray
DB63885 16 hours, 8 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Biography of Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922), inventor of the telephone and champion of the deaf. Discusses his temperament; creativity; marriage to Mabel Hubbard, who was deaf; family life; and friendship with Helen Keller. Covers his many inventions, years living in Washington, D.C., and association with the National Geographic Society. 2006.

A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became Historyʼs Greatest Traveler
by Jason Roberts
BR16660 3 volumes
DB62703 10 hours, 41 minutes, read by David Cutler
Biography of Englishman James Holman (1786–1857), who was blinded at twenty-five after serving in the Napoleonic wars and who then achieved fame as a world traveler. Quoting from Holmanʼs memoirs, describes how he fought slavery in Africa, survived captivity in Siberia, charted the Australian outback, and published three books. 2006.

Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio
by Gary Presley
DB68600 8 hours, 32 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Memoir of essayist paralyzed by polio in 1959. Describes his stay in an iron lung and return—in a wheelchair—to his familyʼs Missouri farm, where he recuperated physically but struggled emotionally. Chronicles the feelings he experienced while building an independent life and coming to terms with disability. Some strong language. 2008.

The Short Bus: A Journey beyond Normal
by Jonathan Mooney
DB65310 6 hours, 18 minutes, read by Erik Synnestvedt
The author relates graduating from Brown University and buying a bus similar to the one he rode in childhood to attend a special-education learning-disabilities program. Describes his four-month trip across America and meeting other adults and children who challenge societyʼs definition of normal. Strong language. 2007.

Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out
edited by Kenny Fries
DB46555 14 hours, 15 minutes, read by Carole Jordan Stewart
An anthology of varied writings by authors with disabilities, about their experiences. In “How Much It Hurts,” a battle-wounded Vietnam veteran recounts the anger and anguish that he dealt with upon his return home. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1997.

Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope
by Richard M. Cohen
BR18080 3 volumes
DB66580 10 hours, 15 minutes, read by Gordon Gould
Author of Blindsided (DB57643) relates his interviews with five people who, like himself, are dealing with chronic illness. They discuss the experiences that helped them to find control, peace, and grace since their diagnoses of ALS, muscular dystrophy, bipolar disorder, non-Hodgkinʼs lymphoma, and Crohnʼs disease. 2008.

by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter
DB78603 7 hours, 30 minutes, read by Jeff Woodman
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who saw one of the perpetrators moments before the explosion, reflects on his time in the hospital, learning to use prosthetic legs, the love and support of his family, and his renewed sense of purpose. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg
DB79415 7 hours, 11 minutes, read by Mark Ashby
In 2002 while out with friends, Jason Padgett was mugged and suffered traumatic brain injury. Those injuries led first to severe agoraphobia and eventually synesthesia, which causes him to view the world in terms of fractal patterns. Discusses his coping with the injury and newfound interest in mathematics. 2014.

Toulouse-Lautrec: A Life
by Julia Bloch-Frey
DB41024 25 hours, 18 minutes, read by James DeLotel
Portrait of the French painter best known for his posters of cabaret performers. Drawing on family letters, the author focuses on the artistʼs aristocratic heritage, his mentally ill father and pious mother, his chronic illness and physical deformity, his alcoholism, and his untimely death at age thirty-six. Frey also speculates on probable artistic influences, including Degas, Japanese prints, and the art nouveau movement. 1994.

Undaunted by Blindness: Concise Biographies of 400 People Who Refused to Let Visual Impairment Define Them
by Clifford E. Olstrom and the Perkins School for the Blind
BR19185 3 volumes
DB72232 9 hours, 51 minutes, read by Lou Harpenau
Director of the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind presents four hundred capsule biographies of notable blind people in various occupations and from different historical periods. Includes profiles of Irish composer Torlogh Carolan (1670–1738), American publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911), and Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso (b. 1921). 2010.

Unforeseen: The First Blind Rhodes Scholar: A Memoir
by James J. Barnes
DB90729 10 hours, 35 minutes, read by Bill Burton
A historian's memoir of becoming the first blind Rhodes Scholar in the mid-1950s. Describes the deterioration of the author's eyesight during his first year at Oxford and his determination to press on. Relates his subsequent personal and educational achievements, including a PhD from Harvard and a distinguished forty-four-year teaching career. 2017.

The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
by Josh Swiller
DB67060 8 hours, 43 minutes, read by Kevin T. Collins
Swiller, who lost his hearing during childhood, describes joining the Peace Corps at age twenty-three “to find a place,” he says, “past deafness.” Recounts his two-year stint and his attempts to improve conditions in a remote Zambian
village plagued by poverty, disease, and violence. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

The Woman Within: An Autobiography
by Ellen Glasgow
DB66166 11 hours, 18 minutes, read by Mitzi Friedlander
Memoirs of writer Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945), winner of the 1942 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Portraying honestly her interior world, she examines her feelings of isolation and encroaching deafness from age twenty. Begun in 1934 and published posthumously in 1954. Includes 1994 introduction by womenʼs studies professor Pamela R. Matthews. 1954.

Blindness and Low Vision

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness
by Paul Gordon Stoltz and Erik Weihenmayer
BR16827 3 volumes
DB63609 11 hours, 18 minutes, read by Ralph Lowenstein
Stoltz, director of the Global Resilience Project, and Weihenmayer, the blind author of Touch the Top of the World (DB51505), team together to offer their seven principles for taking on adversity and converting lifeʼs difficulties into fuel for achievement, resilience, and happiness. 2006.

The Art of Choosing
by Sheena Iyengar
BR19184 3 volumes
DB72237 10 hours, 50 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Blind social psychologist examines the role and practice of choice in everyday life. Asserts that humans are born with the ability—and need—to choose but notes that cultural and ethnic preferences also affect decision making. Explains individualism and collectivism, the automatic and reflective systems, and heuristics. 2010.

Beginnerʼs Guide to Echolocation for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Learning to See with Your Ears
by Tim Johnson and Justin Louchart
BR20519 1 volume
DB79868 2 hours, 31 minutes, read by Bob Moore
Engineer and martial-arts instructor Johnson describes the concept of echolocation—using sound to identify the placement of objects—and its use by the visually impaired. Provides exercises for developing one’s own echolocation skills. 2012.

Blind Vision: The Neuroscience of Visual Impairment
by Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi
BR19369 4 volumes
DB73465 17 hours, 10 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Analyzes research on mental imagery, spatial cognition, and compensatory mechanisms at the sensorial, cognitive, and cortical levels in individuals with complete or profound visual impairment. Italian researchers find that our brain does not need our eyes to “see” and demonstrate the ways other senses evolve to help compensate for the absence of sight. Contains technical language. 2011.

Eavesdropping: A Life by Ear
by Stephen Kuusisto
DB63716 6 hours, 28 minutes, read by Neil Berman
The author of Planet of the Blind (DB45500, BR11518), who has been legally blind since birth, explains how he perceives the world around him through listening. In these essays he describes childhood influences, adult travels, artful eavesdropping, and love of poetry and Caruso's singing. 2006.

Freedom for the Blind: The Secret is Empowerment
by Jim H. Omvig and the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
BR14467 2 volumes
DB55216 7 hours, read by Larry McKeever
A blind attorney and rehabilitation professional draws upon his own knowledge and experience to outline some ways blind people can enrich and improve their lives and careers. Omvig promotes the development of new philosophies and strategies that challenge traditional methods of rehabilitation for blind persons in the United States. 2002.

A Guide to Independence for the Visually Impaired and Their Families
by Vivian Younger and Jill Sardegna
DB42674 7 hours, 16 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Written for persons with no vision or low vision and their families and friends, this guide provides instructions on “how to perform basic tasks of daily living, how to address new and puzzling feelings and fears, how to respond to embarrassing situations,” and more. Includes journal notes, organizational checklists, and a resource directory. 1994.

Living with Vision Problems: The Sourcebook for Blindness and Vision Impairment
by Jill Sardegna
BR14343 5 volumes
DB55327 20 hours, 6 minutes, read by Richard Hauenstein
Offers information on organizations and assistive devices to help people
remain independent despite vision loss. Defines basic terms, discusses rehabilitation and other services, and lists organizations and self-help groups for adults and children. 2002.

The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind
by Eva Wilhelm
DB86625 11 hours, 10 minutes, read by Eva Wilhelm
Twenty-nine essays illustrate the impact Kenneth Jernigan (1926–1998) made during his life, which included two decades at the helm of the National Federation of the Blind. Contributors include former director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Frank Kurt Cylke and inventor Raymond Kurzweil. 2016.

Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
by David Oliver Relin
DB77130 10 hours, 26 minutes, read by Barry Bernson
The late coauthor of Three Cups of Tea (DB64285) describes following ophthalmologists Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit as they performed eye surgeries in rural Nepal. Discusses the 1995 founding of the Himalayan Cataract Project to prevent blindness in the Third World. 2013.

Seeing beyond Blindness
by Shelley Kinash
BR17387 3 volumes
DB65093 10 hours, 58 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
Inquiry into the blind personʼs online-learning experience. Author presents interpretive research culled from interviews with seven blind online learners and twenty-five others—blind and sighted—including parents, teachers, and inventors of accessibility resources. Discusses usability and user issues such as technological proficiency and working knowledge of adaptive technology. 2006.

A Singular View: The Art of Seeing with One Eye
by Frank B. Brady
DB37951 3 hours, 34 minutes, read by Miriam Wagner
A manual for people who have recently lost their sight in one eye. The author explains simply how human eyes function, and addresses such specific challenges as shaking hands, threading a needle, approaching a curb, and parking a car. Brady discusses technological developments, care of the good eye, and some well-known people who have one-eyed sight. 1988.

Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits
by Lainey Feingold
DB89210 10 hours, 31 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Lawyer explains the process of structured negotiation as an alternative to lawsuits. Details the seven stages: preparing a case, establishing ground rules, sharing information and expertise, moving negotiations forward, handling the unexpected, drafting an agreement, and post-settlement strategies. Case studies include ones of interest to the blind community. 2016.

Tapping the Charcoal
by Kenneth Jernigan and the National Federation of the Blind
BR10241 1 volume
DB41029 1 hour, 9 minutes, read by J.P. Linton
Eight personal accounts by Kenneth Jernigan and other members of the National Federation of the Blind that demonstrate “Blindness is not as strange as you think it is, and it need not be as terrifying.” In this volume of the Kernel Book series, authors discuss alternative ways of doing routine tasks and achieving dreams, the need for normal discipline for blind children, and the process of gaining the respect of others. 1995.

Toothpaste and Railroad Tracks
by Kenneth Jernigan and the National Federation of the Blind
BR101311 volume
DB40557 1 hour, 13 minutes, read by Bruce Huntley
“Details of everyday life as blind persons live it.” Members of the National Federation of the Blind, including Kenneth Jernigan and Mark Maurer, contribute essays. Jernigan explains his methods of shaving and brushing his teeth. Barbara Walker discusses her daughterʼs attitude about her motherʼs blindness. Patricia Maurer describes learning to read and write as a teenager in a rural community. 1999.


Braille into the Next Millennium
by Judith M. Dixon
BR13188 4 volumes
DB50969 16 hours, 47 minutes, read by Annie Wauters
Essays examining the history and future of braille include such topics as the development of the literary, Nemeth, and music codes; braille production; legal issues; library service; and literacy and computer access concerns. Edited by Judith Dixon, with a foreword by Frank Kurt Cylke and a preface by Kenneth Jernigan. 2000.

Label It! Braille and Audio Strategies for Identifying Items at Home and Work
by Judith M. Dixon
DB67704 2 hours, 27 minutes, read by Madelyn Buzzard
Advocates investing time and energy to label items to organize oneʼs environment and make daily life more manageable. Offers tips on methods, tools, and materials for creating labels for apparel, medications, food containers, appliances, and miscellaneous items. 2008.

Careers, Job Training, Personal Finance, and Rehabilitation

Able!: How One Company’s Disabled Workforce Became the Key to Their Extraordinary Success
by Nancy Henderson Wurst
DB60457 8 hours, 36 minutes, read by Sharon Murrary
Outlines business practices of Habitat International, Inc—.—a Tennessee rug manufacturer with mentally and/or physically challenged employees. Relates father and son Saul and David Morris's initial reluctance to hire such workers, the challenges they faced, and the success they and their employees now enjoy. Includes testimonials from professionals and relatives. 2005.

Estate Planning: For People with a Chronic Condition or Disability
by Martin M. Shenkman
BR18392 3 volumes
DB69499 9 hours, 48 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Attorney reviews the basics of estate planning for people who are ill or disabled. Discusses granting power of attorney and access to medical records, creating living wills and trusts, and assigning guardianship for minor children. Covers situations for those with Parkinsonʼs, Alzheimerʼs, Lou Gehrigʼs, and Huntingtonʼs diseases, and others. 2009.

Iʼd Rather be Working: A Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Self-Support for People with Chronic Illness
by Gayle Backstorm
DB61969 9 hours, 16 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Author with fibromyalgia offers a guide to finding a job that can accommodate a chronic illness or disability. Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act, government programs, education and training, assistive technology, and self-employment opportunities. Provides real-life examples and resources and includes exercises to assess abilities and limitations. 2002.

Insurance Solutions, Plan Well—Live Better: A Workbook for People with a Chronic Disease or Disability
by Laura Cooper
DB56856 7 hours, 43 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Emphasizes the importance of advance insurance protection planning to account for the possibility of a chronic illness or disability. Provides work sheets, examples, exercises, and instructions to help people inventory and evaluate their current insurance and improve their health care portfolios. Also suggests strategies for obtaining coverage when traditional sources appear foreclosed. 2002.

Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who have Disabilities
by Richard Nelson Bolles
DB53895 4 hours, 38 minutes, read by Jake Williams
In this updated edition of the popular guidebook first published in 1991, the authors explain the hiring process in the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They present job-hunting strategies and tips, offer advice for the interviewing process, including research and face-to-face issues, and suggest other resources available. 2001.

Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities
by Daniel J. Ryan
BR20270 5 volumes
DB77534 12 hours, 2 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Comprehensive resource guide to career development for people with disabilities. Covers locating openings, preparing for interviews, writing resumes, using government programs, networking, and succeeding at work. Discusses available accommodations and provides job links from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. 2011.

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities
by Cary Griffin and David Hammis
BR14945 3 volumes
DB56855 13 hours, 47 minutes, read by John Richardson
Experienced vocational counselors offer a practical handbook that provides individuals with disabilities information on how to start and maintain a small business. Includes suggestions on preparing a business plan and market strategies, understanding and using government programs, and finding mentors and useful web sites. 2003.

Not Much of a Muchness
by Marc Maurer
BR14826 1 volume
DB56408 1 hour, 7 minutes, read by Mark Ashby
Nine accounts by blind people about work and everyday routines. Includes editor Marc Maurerʼs recollections of campus life at the University of Notre Dame, a young manʼs reflections on choosing a career in music, and a home ownerʼs musings on his neighborsʼ surprise that he works around the house. 2002.

Persistence is Power! A Real-World Guide for the Newly Disabled Employee
by Jeanne Lazo and Carol J. Amato
DB61175 10 hours, 36 minutes, read by Bob Moore
Provides disabled employees with information about disability insurance,
Social Security, and Workersʼ Compensation. Explains the Americans with Disabilities Act. Offers advice for filing claims and managing paperwork, and provides forms and resources. Addresses emotional, medical, legal, privacy, and monetary issues. 2004.

The Social Security and Medicare Handbook: What You Need to Know Explained Simply
by V.R. Leonard
BR17883 2 volumes
Guide to Social Security and Medicare programs and various government benefits. Describes eligibility requirements and the application process for retirement, disability, dependent, survivor, and other compensation. Discusses Medicare co-pays, premiums, and prescription coverage. Offers tips on dealing with caseworkers and responding to the denial of a claim. Includes resources. 2008.


The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself
by Diana B. Deholm
DB77191 7 hours, 15 Minutes, ready by Kerry Dukin
Medical psychotherapist—who cared for her husband for more than a decade—offers tools and strategies for assisting one's spouse through critical illness or injury. Drawing on case studies and her own experience, Denholm discusses survival tips, communication skills, social and familial issues, and self-care techniques. 2012.

The Eldercare Handbook: Difficult Choices, Compassionate Solutions
by Stella Mora Henry and Ann Covery
DB63152 6 hours, 33 minutes, read by Kristin Allison
Long-term care specialist's advice on navigating the emotional and logistical aspects of caring for aging loved ones. Covers recognizing and managing dementia, coping with denial and changing family roles, avoiding caregiver
burnout, transitioning to an assisted living facility, and handling legal and financial matters such as Medicare and Medicaid. 2006.

The Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer’s Family
by Robert B. Santulli and Kesstan Blandin
BR20868 3 volumes
DB82305 9 hours, 7 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Immediate family members, friends, and neighbors of those with Alzheimer's undergo tremendous psychological and emotional change as they witness the disease progress. Santulli and Blandin chart this journey, the process of adaptation and acceptance, and provide insight on how to understand and cope with personal stress. 2015.

One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing
by Diane Ackerman
DB75030 12 hours, 17 minutes, read by Faith Potts
Poet and author Ackerman recounts becoming the caretaker of her husband, novelist and critic Paul West, after he suffered a stroke in 2005 that left him with impaired vision, a frozen right hand, and aphasia. Describes the unconventional approach she tried when traditional therapies didn’t work. 2011.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss
by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins
DB78434 15 hours, 27 minutes, read by Scott Reynolds
Fifth edition of guide for families whose members suffer from dementia. Covers related social, medical, psychological, financial, and legal problems and suggests possible solutions. Includes information on hospice, assisted facility care, and advances in medical research. 2011.

Children and Young Adults with Disabilities

Able to Play: Overcoming Physical Challenges
by Gleen Stout
DB74747 2 hours, 7 minutes, read by Bruce Huntey
Profiles four professional baseball players: pitcher Mordecai Brown, who lost a finger in a farming accident; third baseman Ron Santo, who dealt with diabetes throughout his career; pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without his right hand; and outfielder Curtis Pride, who was born deaf. For grades 3-6. 2012.

Able Scientists—Disabled Persons: Biographical Sketches Illustrating Careers in the Sciences for Able Disabled Students
by S. Phyllis Stearner
DB22753 3 hours, 48 minutes, read by Phil Regensdorf
Biographical sketches of twenty-seven persons with disabilities who have become scientists. They share their experiences in the belief that they are typical of other disabled scientists and young people determined to become scientists. This book was sponsored by the Foundation for Science and the Handicapped, Inc. 1984.

Applying to College for Students with ADD or LD: A Guide to Keep You (and Your Parents) Sane, Satisfied, and Organized through the Admission Process
by Blythe N. Grossberg
DB73968 3 hours, 18 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
Guide for high school students with attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities structures the college application process. Provides an activity timeline—from junior year to the summer before college—with checklists and assessments. Includes tips for dealing with tests, grades, interviews, costs, and rejections. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Bullying and Students with Disabilities: Strategies and Techniques to Create a Safe Learning Environment for All
by Barry E. McNamara
BR20343 3 volumes
DB77771 5 hours, 27 minutes, read by Erin Jones
Professor of special education draws on research and case studies to provide an overview to understand and address bullying of students with disabilities. Discusses specific school-wide programs, offers intervention techniques for parents and staff, and lists resources for students. 2013.

A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities
by Paul T. Jaeger and Cynthia Ann Bowman
BR16230 2 volumes
DB61627 6 hours, 57 minutes, read by Jill Fox
Essays and personal narratives provide guidance and encouragement to students with special needs on achieving a positive high school experience. Highlights self-advocacy, mainstreaming, dating, extracurricular activities, and life after graduation. Includes resources about adaptive technology. Foreword by Chris Crutcher. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2004.

Itʼs So Much Work to be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
by Richard D. Lavoie
DB66198 15 hours, 58 minutes, read by Bill Wallace
Former headmaster of a special-education facility offers strategies for developing social competence in children with learning disabilities such as anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and language difficulties. Describes ways parents can help their child learn the skills to make friends, resolve conflict, improve self-esteem, and deal with bullies. 2005.

Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability
by Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer
DB77094 10 hours, 20 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Psychologist Kriegsman and Johns Hopkins assistant professor Palmer discuss the social and emotional aspects of family life that are affected by a childʼs physical disability. They use examples to demonstrate ways to be pragmatic and inclusive when solving problems and setting expectations. 2013.

Life after High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
by Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo-Bertsch
BR19191 3 volumes
DB72383 10 hours, 36 minutes, read by Faith Potts
Essays and personal narratives provide guidance and encouragement to students with special needs on achieving a positive high school experience. Highlights self-advocacy, mainstreaming, dating, extracurricular activities, and life after graduation. Includes resources about adaptive technology. Foreword by Chris Crutcher. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2004.

Making it Work: Educating the Blind/Visually Impaired Student in the Regular School
by Carol Castellano
BR17492 3 volumes
DB65756 8 hours, read by Michele Schaeffer
This practical guide offers techniques for making the public-school experience successful for blind and visually impaired children. Covers skills, tools, and principles for constructing an effective program in the classroom. 2005.

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability
by Shane Burcaw
DB90569 18 minutes
With equal parts optimism, humor, and empathy, Burcaw answers the questions young children ask about his wheelchair and life with spinal muscular atrophy. For grades K-3. 2017.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
by Carol Stock Kranowitz
DB75079 11 hours, 46 minutes, read by Mary Kane
Preschool educator describes the condition of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which affects the way the brain absorbs and organizes sensory information. Discusses the range of symptoms, including visual and auditory dysfunctions. Highlights diagnosis, treatment, and coping skills. 2005.

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
by Sally E. Shaywitz
DB56204 13 hours, 56 minutes, read by Kerry Cundiff
Yale neuroscientist and physician specializing in learning disorders explains the biological basis for difficulties in reading. Synthesizes the latest research and explains how dyslexic children can be taught to become good readers. Includes a grade-by-grade program and activities for parents to implement, and suggests ways to raise a childʼs self-esteem. 2003.

Teens with Physical Disabilities: Real-Life Stories of Meeting the Challenges
by Glenn Alan Cheney
DB42509 2 hours, 14 minutes, read by Lynn Schrichte
Eight teenagers describe the impact their physical disabilities have made on their lives. Three of the youths use wheelchairs because of injuries. Others deal with blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and rheumatoid arthritis. For grades 6-9. 1995.

This Kid Can Fly: It’s about Ability (Not Disability)
by Aaron Philip and Tonya Bolden
DB85245 3 hours, 9 minutes, read by Bob Moore
Young artist and disability activist's memoir recounts his inspirational journey. Discusses living with cerebral palsy in New York City, his many challenges, and triumphs such as his popular Tumblr blog, Aaronverse, that has succeeded in raising awareness. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Your Childʼs Hearing Loss: What Parents Need to Know
by Debby Waldman and Jackson Roush
DB60222 8 hours, 6 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Parentsʼ guide for recognizing and assessing a hard-of-hearing child and choosing between hearing aids or cochlear implantation. Discusses proper care of devices, family adjustment, and child advocacy. Summarizes research and includes information from professionals and personal accounts from parents. 2005.

Deaf-Blindness and Deafness

The Artificial Ear: Cochlear Implants and the Culture of Deafness
by Stuart S. Blume
BR19525 3 volumes
Blume, a father of hearing-impaired children, relates the medical, economic, political, and social history of cochlear implants, starting with their conception in the 1930s. Focuses on technological advances in the field. Discusses the controversy surrounding the device, the Deaf communityʼs reactions, and the opinions of hearing parents. 2010.

Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture
by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries
DB28953 4 hours, 37 minutes, read by Leila Reynolds
Both authors, who are deaf, communicate to readers the characteristics of Deaf culture. Through the use of folklore, apocryphal stories, poetry, jokes, and discussion of advocacy organizations, Padden and Humphries explain how Deaf culture works, what it means to its members, and how deaf people define themselves within it. 1988.

Explaining Deafness
by Sarah Levete
BR19240 1 volume
Discusses degrees of deafness and its effects on people. Details causes and diagnoses of deafness and covers topics including lipreading, sign language, hearing aids, cochlear implants, technological devices, and the Deaf community. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Hear Again: Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant
by Arlene Romoff
BR19575 1 volume
Romoff, an advocate for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, recounts her own experience with receiving a cochlear implant years after she gradually lost her hearing as a young adult. Describes regaining the ability to hear conversation, talk on the phone, and watch movies. 1999.

How to Survive a Hearing Loss
by Charlotte Himber
BR08430 2 volumes
DB32878 7 hours, 42 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Himber, whose hearing has been impaired for most of her life, is one of more
than twenty million Americans with some form of hearing impairment. She chronicles her own hearing loss, her gradual acceptance of it, and her experiences with a variety of hearing aids. She also provides information on various kinds of hearing loss, on how hearing is evaluated, and on how to help friends and families adjust. 1989.

No Walls of Stone: An Anthology of Literature by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers
edited by Jill Christine Jepson
BR11740 2 volumes
Poetry, short stories, memoirs, essays, and a play selected from works by twenty-three authors. Many of the pieces express feelings about the writersʼ physical conditions, which range from congenital deafness to gradual hearing loss to hearing impairment. Includes brief biographical sketches. 1992.

A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America
by John V. Van Cleve and Barry A. Crouch
BR08161 2 volumes
DB30853 7 hours, 14 minutes, read by John C. Reed
The authors look at the cultural developments taking place in the nineteenth century, such as residential schools, from which the true “Deaf communities” began to emerge. They also look at the development of American Sign Language, and the repudiation of Alexander Graham Bellʼs theory that marriage between deaf people would result in deaf offspring. 1989.

Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human
by Michael Chorost
BR16751 2 volumes
DB60850 8 hours, 2 minutes, read by Erik Synnestvedt
Science writer recounts his decision to get a cochlear implant, or computer surgically imbedded in the skull, to artificially restore hearing after he became totally deaf in 2001. Describes his physical and mental changes and reflects on the implications of technological advances on the Deaf community and on humanity. 2005.

Seeds of Disquiet: One Deaf Woman’s Experience
by Cheryl M. Heppner
BR107012 2 volumes
DB40970 5 hours, 45 minutes, read by Anne Mullen
The author says that as a profoundly deaf child, she was taught to adapt to the hearing world. But after two strokes left Heppner completely deaf, she learned sign language, and then realized how frustrating her earlier life had been. She eventually became an advocate for deaf people. 1992.

Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf
by Oliver Sacks
DB30553 6 hours, 42 minutes, read by John Reed
A professor of neurology discusses the world of deaf people, frankly admitting he is an outsider looking in. The bookʼs three sections cover the history of deafness and controversial theories of remediation, the authorʼs own experiences with deaf patients, and the March 1988 student strike at Gallaudet University. 1989.

Shouting Wonʼt Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Canʼt Hear You
by Katherine Bouton
BR19906 4 volumes
DB76362 10 hours, 59 minutes, read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Former New York Times editor chronicles her own hearing loss and relates the experiences of others with the condition. Investigates the causes, effects, and management—with hearing aids and cochlear implants—of this disability. Also discusses tinnitus, vertigo, and research into biological cures. Offers communication tips. 2013.

Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World
by Leah Hager Cohen
BR10653 3 volumes
The author, who is not deaf, grew up in the New York Lexington School for the Deaf, where her parents worked. Her own memoirs combined with the stories of her deaf grandparents and those of current students reflect the changing Deaf culture. Cohen discusses issues such as American Sign Language versus oralism, and attitudes towards cochlear implants. 1995.

The Week the World Heard Gallaudet
by Jack R. Gannon
BR08257 1 volume
DB31690 3 hours, 12 minutes, read by Laura Giannarelli
In March 1988, the board of trustees of Gallaudet met to select the seventh president in the 124-year history of the college. There were three candidates—two deaf men and a hearing woman. When the board announced the hiring of Dr. Elisabeth Ann Zinser, the students were incensed and began a week of protest that led to Zinserʼs resignation and the appointment of Dr. I. King Jordan as the first deaf president. 1989.

Words in My Hands: A Teacher, a Deaf-Blind Man, an Unforgettable Journey
by Diane P. Chambers
DB72036 8 hours, 11 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Sign-language teacher/interpreter discusses her occupation and her introduction to eighty-six-year-old deaf-blind musician Bert Riedel, a former dentist who has Usher syndrome. Describes the tactile signing lessons she gave Riedel and his family and explains the role of their PowerBraille Display machine. 2005.

Disability Studies

The Adjustment of the Blind
by Hector Chevigny and Sydell Braverman
DB19632 10 hours, 35 minutes, read by Miriam Wagner
An examination of the social and psychological factors affecting the integration of blind people into society. Provides a historical overview on blindness; discusses attitudes about sight and blindness; examines the physical, mental, and emotional functioning of blind people; and outlines their precise needs for successful living. 1950.

Americans with Disabilities: Exploring Implications of the Law for Individuals and Institutions
by Leslie Francis and Anita Silvers
BR12996 7 volumes
DB51493 23 hours, 45 minutes, read by Rick Rohan
Essays by leading philosophers, legal scholars, and political theorists—many with backgrounds in bioethics or in disability studies—examine critical issues concerning the conceptual, philosophical, political, and legal foundations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990. 2000.

Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller
by Georgina Kleege
BR16939 2 volumes
DB63900 9 hours, 40 minutes, read by Nicola Daval
A blind professor, author of Sight Unseen (DB48328, BR12149), pens letters to the deceased Helen Keller and probes for the private feelings behind Kellerʼs idealized public image. Kleege expresses admiration for Keller but criticizes her as an unrealistic model. Speculates about Kellerʼs love life and personal emotions. 2006.

The Difference that Disability Makes
by Rod Michalko
BR14770 2 volumes
DB56208 8 hours, 10 minutes, read by Brian Conn
Blind Canadian professor defines the way society perceives people with handicaps and usually associates impairment with suffering. Explores why disabled persons are either feared or considered useless, illustrating with anecdotes from his own experience. Some strong language. 2002.

Disability and Culture
by Susan Reynolds Whyte and Benedicte Ingstad
DB42451 10 hours, 29 minutes, read by Annie Wauters
Collection of scholarly essays examining the effects of culture on individuals with disabilities. Contributions are primarily reports on field research from many parts of the world, including developing countries, conducted by anthropologists. The introduction explores the issue of a universal definition of disability. 1995.

Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure
by Kathryn Allan
BR20271 4 volumes
DB77444 8 hours, 44 minutes, read by Mary Kane
Twelve essays explore the ways disabilities are presented and corrected by technology in science fiction. Examines characters in the novel Flowers for Algernon (DB33245, BR18365), the television series The Bionic Woman, the movie The Empire Strikes Back, and other works. 2013.

Disability as a Social Construct: Legislative Roots
by Claire H. Liachowitz
DB30607 6 hours, 20 minutes, Read by Patricia McDermott
The author has studied pertinent American legislation from 1770 to 1920 and concludes that disabled people have been disadvantaged by legislation that tends to keep them dependent rather than allowing them to become independent. She contends that “much of the inability to function is an outcome of political and social decisions rather than medical limitations.” 1988.

Feminism and Disability
by Barbara Hillyer
DB41756 13 hours, 23 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
A personal and political discussion from the intersection of the feminist and disability rights movements. With issues such as body image, self-worth, and achievement important in both, Hillyer finds parallels in some and opposition in others. The book grows from her experiences as the founder of a womenʼs studies center and the mother of a daughter with multiple disabilities. 1993.

The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community
by Harlan L. Lane
BR09184 4 volumes
The author of When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf continues his indictment of “audists”—people who treat deafness as a disability. Lane, a psychologist specializing in linguistics, opposes limitations on the education of deaf children. He advocates that the hearing establishment learn and support deaf language and recognize the deaf as a minority whose culture enriches the lives of the hearing. 1992.

The Meaning of Blindness: Attitudes toward Blindness and Blind People
by Michael E. Monbeck
BR16715 2 volumes
DB14709 5 hours, 46 minutes, read by Gary Heilsberg
Defines various responses to people who are blind and offers suggestions for change. Monbeck feels that many common reactions are symbolic in origin. 1973.

The Radical Lives of Helen Keller
by Kim E. Nielsen
BR15304 2 volumes
DB57987 7 hours, 1 minute, read by Judith Ann Gantly
Feminist professor analyzes the political and social views of Helen Keller. Describes Kellerʼs support of the Socialist Party of America in 1909, womenʼs suffrage and birth control, and radical labor unions. But, according to the author, “the disability politics she adopted were frequently conservative, consistently patronizing, and occasionally repugnant.” 2004.

Social and Cultural Perspectives on Blindness: Barriers to Community Integration
by Edwin C. Vaughan
DB48220 9 hours, 10 minutes, read by Andy Chappell
Visually impaired sociologist (who prefers the word “blind”) describes blindness in the United States, Africa, China, and Spain. Proposes an international exchange of information to enrich education and rehabilitation opportunities for this group. 1998.

The Struggle of Blind People for Self-Determination: The Dependency-Rehabilitation Conflict; Empowerment in the Blindness Community
by Edwin C. Vaughan
BR10146 3 volumes
DB40098 11 hours, 17 minutes, read by Randy Atcher
The focus of this book is the struggle between people with visual handicaps and people who work to educate and rehabilitate them, with emphasis on those whose experiences with visual handicaps and the rehabilitation system begin early in life. 1993.

The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public
by Susan M. Schweik
BR18268 5 volumes
DB69157 22 hours, 43 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
University of California at Berkeley professor explores the emergence of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century local laws in America that targeted poor and disabled people. Examines the historical context and social climate behind the policies, and the resulting discrimination, finally addressed in 1990 by the Americans with Disabilities Act. 2009.

Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability
by Paul K. Longmore
DB58021 8 hours, 47 minutes, read by Richard Hauenstein
Thirteen articles by history professor, coauthor of The New Disability History (DB52391), and polio survivor discussing issues posed by “systemic prejudice and institutionalized discrimination.” In the title essay, Longmore describes torching a book he spent ten years writing to protest government “work disincentive” policies penalizing disabled persons trying to earn a living. 2003.

Health, Psychology, and Sexuality

The Adolescent and Adult Nero-Diversity Handbook: Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Related Conditions
By Sarah Hendrickx
DB72397 6 hours, 23 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to developmental conditions as they affect teens and adults. Describes the history, causes, characteristics, diagnosis, and treatment of nine different disorders. Explores issues neurodiverse individuals may face in school and in the workplace and suggests adjustments they, along with their teachers and employers, can make. 2010.

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness
by Paul Gordon Stolz and Erik Weihenmayer
BR16827 3 volumes
DB63609 11 hours, 18 minutes, read by Ralph Lowenstein
Stoltz, director of the Global Resilience Project, and Weihenmayer, the blind author of Touch the Top of the World (DB51505), team together to offer their seven principles for taking on adversity and converting lifeʼs difficulties into fuel for achievement, resilience, and happiness. 2006.

Diabetes A to Z: What You Need to Know about Diabetes—Simply Put
by American Diabetes Association
DB57648 5 hours, 29 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Revised and updated edition explains diabetes-related issues in clear, simple terms. Topics for coping with the illness are arranged alphabetically and cover diet and exercise, blood glucose monitoring, possible complications, health care, employment rights, and more. 2003.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide
DB73775 10 hours, 11 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Scientists reveal the benefits of having a dyslexic brain—one that has a unique pattern of organization and information processing. They employ the MIND model to detail the strengths in material, interconnected, narrative, and dynamic reasoning in dyslexics and to discuss ways assistive technology can put those strengths to use. 2011.

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care
by Lloyd I. Sederer
DB77279 11 hours, 40 minutes, read by Gregory Gorton
New York stateʼs chief psychiatrist offers families advice on finding treatment and other services for mental illness. Explains common mental disorders; their diagnoses and treatments; financial, insurance, and legal options; and ways to manage recovery. Discusses methods for navigating the health-care system. 2013.

Feel Better Fast: Overcoming the Emotional Fallout of Your Illness or Injury
by Charles Foster
DB60707 6 hours, 45 minutes, read by Ralph Lowenstein
Psychotherapist examines the emotional component of illness and suggests ways to prevent negative feelings from hindering a full recovery. Offers advice to patients and their families for dealing holistically with health issues. Uses examples from his practice to outline principles for making good medical decisions. 2004.

The History of Ophthalmology
by Diane D. Edwards and Daniel M. Albert
DB54351 24 hours, 33 minutes, read by Lou Harpenau
Eighteen essays provide an overview of progress in eye treatment over the past two thousand years. Contributors discuss ancient remedies, discoveries about the eyeʼs anatomy, improvements in scientific methodology, development of eyeglasses, and surgical procedures among other topics. 1996.

I Love Today: A Story of Transformation
by Mark Johnson
DBC05358 12 hours, 16 minutes, read by M. Ayodele Heath
Part spiritual memoir, I Love Today is Johnson's reflection on his life as a son, husband, and father; as a person with a disability; as a community organizer; and as a child of God. It examines the fears behind our social attitudes and offers insights for a more inclusive world. Along the way it inspires us all to learn to love today. 2015.

In Sickness and in Health: Love, Disability, and a Quest to Understand the Perils and Pleasures of Interabled Romance
by Ben Mattlin
DB90126 8 hours, 12 minutes, read by Rene Ruiz
The author describes his experiences as a husband and a parent with spinal muscular atrophy. Discusses the surprise and questioning he often faces, as well as the ways his condition does and does not affect his relationship. Also interviews other couples with varying abilities, ethnic backgrounds, and orientations. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
by Oliver W. Sacks
DB65202 13 hours, 29 minutes, read by Bill Wallace
Neurologist and author of the bestselling Awakenings (DB33438) investigates the way music affects the human brain by observing the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and ordinary people. Describes conditions such as musical seizures and hallucinations and musicogenic epilepsy. Also explores the calming effects of sound. 2007.

The Psychology of Disability
by Carolyn L. Vash
DB19946 14 hours, 11 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Written by a psychologist who is herself disabled, the text addresses such broad issues as employment, sexuality, and recreation from two perspectives: the experience of disability and approaches to intervention. Discussions are supplemented by examples from the author’s and her clients’ personal experiences. 2013.

Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories
by John R. Killacky and Bob Guter
DB60455 8 hours, 49 minutes, read by Alex Volz
Anthology of writing by gay men with spinal cord injuries, mobility and neuromuscular disorders, deafness, blindness, spina bifida, AIDS, and other afflictions. Thirty-five poems, essays, performance pieces, and interviews explore social, physical, and emotional aspects of homosexuality and disability. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Resilience: Learning from People with Disabilities and the Turning Points in Their Lives
by Linda K. Smith, Gillian A. King, and Elizabeth G. Brown
DB59208 10 hours, 58 minutes, read by Carol Dines
Researchers disclose study results on disabled peopleʼs adaptation to change at turning points in their lives, focusing on individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and attention deficit disorder. Interviews explore factors that helped or hindered fifteen adultsʼ adjustment. Includes information about their diseases. 2003.

Think like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin
by Gary Scheiner
DB59219 8 hours, 1 minute, read by Kerry Dukin
Diabetes educator, diagnosed with the disease in 1986, offers advice on managing blood sugar levels by designing an insulin program to fit an individual’s lifestyle. Discusses the pros and cons of various delivery devices like syringes and pumps, the impact of emotions, illness, and aging, and more. 2004.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness
by Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg, and Fran Odette
BR15535 3 volumes
DB58244 12 hours, 39 minutes, read by Gabra Zackman
Guide drawn from the authorsʼ professional and personal experiences and from an informal survey of people living with various disabilities. Topics include sexual health, self-esteem, communication, and debunking myths. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Winning the Disability Challenge: A Practical Guide to Successful Living
by John F. Tholen
DB66824 6 hours, 15 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Psychologist presents strategies and solutions to help disabled individuals adjust psychologically and emotionally after becoming occupationally impaired. Uses success stories from his clients to illustrate that accomplishments and enjoyment of life can continue. Offers positive affirmations, relationship suggestions, and practical information on government benefits. 2008.

History of Disability and the Disability Rights Movement

Americans with Disabilities Act
by Susan Dudley Gold
BR19318 2 volumes
DB73034 4 hours, 18 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act and profiles its proponents and opponents. Examines the impact of the 1990 law on public policy protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in the fields of employment, housing, public facilities and transportation, and communications systems. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2011.

The Blind Need Not Apply: A History of Overcoming Prejudice in the Orientation and Mobility Profession
by Ronald J. Ferguson
BR17510 2 volumes
DB65118 8 hours, read by Bob Moore
Provides a historical context of the conflict between the professionals in the orientation and mobility (O and M) field and organizations of blind people. Examines the basic assumptions underpinning their different approaches to preparing O and M instructors. Considers ways these differences have shaped policies and practice. 2007.

The Blindness Revolution: Jernigan in His Own Words
by Jim H. Omvig
BR15781 6 volumes
DB59457 20 hours, 23 minutes, read by Roy Avers
Blindness activist and attorney examines the transformation of the Iowa Commission for the Blind by Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, a National Federation of the Blind leader. Describes Jerniganʼs reorganizing the service agency beginning in 1958 from its ineffective medical model to a civil-rights-based “empowerment” organization. 2005.

Disabled Rights: American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality
by Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
BR14882 4 volumes
DB56788 3 hours, 1 minute, read by Margaret Strom
History and politics of the disability rights movement in the United States. Discusses how the disability community has coalesced in the past fifty years to press its demands and how passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act has shaped public policy and individual expectations. Also reviews ADA-related litigation and some “hot button” issues. 2003.

Disability Awareness—Do It Right! Your All-in-One How-to Guide: Tips, Techniques and Handouts for a Successful Awareness Day
by Mary Johnson
BR17395 2 volumes
DB64616 6 hours, 17 minutes, read by Colleen Delany
The Ragged Edge Online communityʼs guide to planning and presenting a disability awareness event. Explains the negative consequences of disability simulations and suggests alternative activities that promote the concept of “ableism,” as advocated by the disability rights movement. Includes a countdown calendar, a checklist, resources, and readings. 2006.

A Disability History of the United States
by Kim E. Nielsen
BR19638 4 volumes
DB75554 7 hours, 13 minutes, read by Carol Dines
Professor and author of The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (DB57987) chronicles the role of people with disabilities in America. Discusses the concept of dependency, Native American beliefs, disabled war veterans, institutionalization, and civil rights activism. 2012.

The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation
by Doris Zames Fleischer and Frieda Zames
DB52812 17 hours, 11 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Legislative history of the civil rights movement for individuals with disabilities in the United States. Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, various advocacy organizations, and the roles of technology and deinstitutionalization. 2001.

How I Became a Human Being: A Disabled Man’s Quest for Independence
by Mark OʼBrien and Gillian Kendall
DB57767 11 hours, 17 minutes, read by Dan Bloom
Poet and journalist relates his struggle to live independently despite paralysis. OʼBrien (1949–1999), the subject of a 1997 Academy Award-winning documentary, describes how the “disability revolution” gave him the freedom to pursue the goals of graduating from college and finding love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Last Civil Rights Movement: Disabled Peoples’ International
by Diane Driedger
DB31341 5 hours, 55 minutes, read by Yvonne Fair Tessler
In 1981 a group of disabled people met in Singapore and formed Disabled Peoplesʼ International, an organization to serve as the voice of, and for, disabled persons in the international arena. This is the history of the movement to provide total participation in society for more than five hundred million disabled people worldwide. It discusses three topics: independent living, consumer organizations, and self-help groups. 1989.

A Matter of Dignity: Changing the Lives of the Disabled
by Andrew Potok
BR14083 2 volumes
DB53824 9 hours, 40 minutes, read by Tom Burch
The author of Ordinary Daylight portrays activists, technicians, health professionals, and others working to improve the everyday lives of people with disabilities through technological progress or advances in public policy and awareness. Potok discusses independence, quality of life, and dignity, relating these issues to his own experience with retinitis pigmentosa.2002.

Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity
by Ben Mattlin
DB75556 8 hours, 35 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Writer and National Public Radio commentatorʼs memoir of growing up with spinal muscular atrophy, a hereditary neurological disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. Discusses his college career at Harvard (1980–84), his marriage, and fatherhood. Covers the disability rights movement and its effects on his life. Some strong language. 2012.

The New Disability History: American Perspectives
by Lauri Umansky and Paul K. Longmore
DB52391 16 hours, 14 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Fourteen essays examine disability in the social context of American history. Several discuss attitudes toward deafness and blindness specifically, including Kim Nielsenʼs “Helen Keller and the Politics of Civic Fitness.” The collection ends with Richard K. Scotchʼs historical overview of “American Disability Policy in the Twentieth Century.” 2001.

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement
by Joseph P. Shapiro
BR09308 4 volumes
DB36783 12 hours, 44 minutes, read by Gary Telles
Shapiro examines society’s range of prejudices toward disabled individuals—including the insult of marveling over a disabled acquaintanceʼs normality, or being amazed when a disabled person chooses not to exploit technology that would “cure” the disability. He then describes the lives of individuals who have been denied even the basic tools and assistance necessary for freedom. 1993.

People of Vision: A History of the American Council of the Blind
by James J. Megivern and Marjorie Megivern
BR14800 9 volumes
DB56115 28 hours, read by Mark Ashby
Chronicle of the forty-year-old advocacy organization American Council of the Blind (ACB), including its split with the National Federation of the Blind in 1961. The work, based on the private papers of founding member Durward McDaniel and conversations with other ACB members, also explores earlier activism on behalf of blind people. 2003.

The Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Rights of Disabled Americans
by James Haskins and J.M. Stifle
DB23505 3 hours, 36 minutes, read by Nick Dalley
Focuses on the human and civil rights that disabled people are now uniting to demand. Discusses sit-ins, lobbying, telethons, legal action, and other tactics the movement has used effectively to change societyʼs attitudes and to highlight the needs of disabled Americans. For junior and senior high and adult readers. 1979.

Raymondʼs Room: Ending the Segregation of People with Disabilities
by Dale DiLeo
BR17277 2 volumes
DB64694 7 hours, 15 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Advocate for people with severe disabilities attacks what he calls the “disability industrial complex” for keeping persons needing assistance segregated from mainstream life. Critiques institutional programs and facilities. Proposes ways those with serious challenges can find and hold jobs and live independently in their own homes. 2007.

Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992
BR09194 3 volumes
DB36219 8 hours, 22 minutes, read by Lou Harpenau
Public Law 102-569 was enacted by Congress on October 29, 1992, “to revise and extend the programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.” Provisions of this bill include the establishment of a national council on disability, the creation of independent living services for older individuals who are blind, and a section dealing with special training projects. 1992.

That All May Read: Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped People
by Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
BR16594 6 volumes
DB20002 23 hours, 31 minutes, read by Ken Kliban
Describes the laws and agencies serving disabled people; gives a history of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled; identifies sources of special media materials and reading aids; analyzes the characteristics of blind and disabled readers; discusses the role of state, public, and academic libraries; and reviews activities abroad and internationally. 1983.

The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in America
by Frances A. Koestler
BR19219 8 volumes
DB37927 29 hours, 48 minutes, read by Esther Benson
Examines U.S. contributions toward improving the condition of blind individuals. Discusses the invention of braille and the origins of the talking book. Includes portraits of Louis Braille of France, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan Macy, and Dorothy Eustis, as well as detailed accounts of mid-twentieth-century federal and state legislation. 1976.

What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement
by Fred Pelka
DB74570 29 hours, 42 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Twentieth-century disability activists describe their political struggles for basic human rights, which led to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. They discuss landmark campaigns, including the demand for a deaf president at Gallaudet University and ADAPTʼs struggle for accessible public transit. 2012.

Older Adults with Disabilities

The Aging Eye
by Sandra Gordon
DB54126 5 hours, 59 minutes, read by Kerry Cundiff
Discusses the natural aging of the eye, how to protect oneʼs vision, and the three most common disorders in later life: cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Describes the symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments available for these conditions. 2001.

The Best Home Businesses for People 50+: Opportunities for People who Believe the Best is Yet to Be!
by Paul Edwards and Sarah Edwards
DB60158 10 hours, 44 minutes, read by Butch Hoover
Features seventy enterprises that baby boomers can operate out of their homes. Analyzes each activityʼs suitability for the over-fifty generation by assessing its costs, potential earnings, required skills, stress factors, and flexibility. Covers selecting, starting, running, and building a business. 2004.

Computers for Seniors for Dummies
by Nancy Muir
DB68356 7 hours, 26 minutes, read by Roy Avers
Step-by-step computer basics for mature users who want to learn how to buy a computer and access the Internet. Explains using the mouse, keyboard, and email; working with files and folders; adding a printer, scanner, or fax machine; enjoying digital photography; listening to music; and playing games. 2008.

Coping with Macular Degeneration: A Guide for Patients and Families to Understanding and Living with Degenerative Vision Disorder
by Ira Marc Price and Linda Comac
DB56630 6 hours, 7 minutes, read by Ray Childs
Discussion of age-related macular degeneration disorder by a low-vision specialist at the Helen Keller Services for the Blind in New York and by a visually impaired personʼs daughter. Describes diagnosis, treatment options, and methods for handling emotional problems. Includes list of agencies, services, and support groups for persons with low vision. 2000.

Depression and Anxiety in Later Life: What Everyone Needs to Know
by Mark D. Miller and Charles F. Reynolds
BR19804 3 volumes
DB76044 9 hours, 5 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Psychiatrists explain mood disorders and other causes of depression and stress in the older population. They discuss ways to cope with memory loss, disability, pain, sleep disorders, and grief. Use case studies to exemplify successful maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. 2012.

How to Age in Place: Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement
by Mary A Languirand and Robert F. Bornstein
DB78679 8 hours, 40 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Clinical psychologistsʼ guide to postretirement living emphasizes staying in oneʼs home. They offer advice on financial planning, universal home design, transportation issues, health care, and accessibility of services, and provide checklists and worksheets. 2013.

It Ainʼt Over till Itʼs Over: Reinventing Your Life—and Realizing Your Dreams—Anytime, at Any Age
by Marlo Thomas
DB78814 10 hours, 41 minutes, read by Nicola Daval
Actress Thomas profiles sixty women and the way they have changed their lives. Includes stories about creating new businesses, leaving abusive relationships, immigration, changing careers, providing opportunities to others, and more. 2014.

Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimerʼs
by Thomas DeBaggio
DB54906 7 hours, 31 minutes, read by Michael Scherer
An early-onset Alzheimerʼs patient writes a memoir of the development of his condition, describing its impact on his family and detailing his progressive loss of memory. DeBaggio, a commercial herbalist from Arlington, Virginia, intersperses accounts of daily life with memories of his childhood and summaries of clinical information. 2002.

Macular Degeneration: A Patient’s Guide to Treatment
by David Boyer and Homayoun Tabandeh
DB74495 2 hours, 46 minutes, read by Annie Wauters
Retina specialists describe the risks, symptoms, diagnosis techniques, treatments, and emotional impact of macular degeneration. They explain the differences between the dry and wet versions of the disease, discuss hallucinations called Charles Bonnet syndrome, and assess available low-vision tools. 2012.

Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight
by Lylas G. Mogk and Marja Mogk
DB60826 10 hours, 3 minutes, read by Gregory Gorton
Describes the condition of age-related macular degeneration. Covers treatments and research, preventative measures, and useful tips for family and friends. Discusses coping with low vision, dealing with depression, Charles Bonnet syndrome, visual rehabilitation programs, and sources for help. 2003.

Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss
by Peggy R. Wolfe
DB76495 5 hours, 23 minutes, read by Mitzi Friedlander
Second edition of guidebook suggests strategies to compensate for declining vision. Provides tips for organizing oneʼs home; dealing with financial, personal, and legal affairs; and maximizing oneʼs independence. Lists technological devices available and organizations and businesses that offer assistance. 2011.

100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss
by Jean Carper
DB74187 5 hours, 26 minutes, read by Theresa Conkin
Medical journalist Carper, who is genetically susceptible to Alzheimerʼs disease, surveys the scientific research on dementia and details specific actions that can help to delay or prevent the condition. Recommends nutritional and lifestyle changes, including taking vitamins, surfing the Internet, exercising, socializing, and meditating. 2010.

Overcoming Macular Degeneration: A Guide to Seeing beyond the Clouds
by Yale Solomon and Jonathan D. Solomon
DB73559 5 hours, 55 minutes, read by Patrick Downer
In this updated edition of Overcoming Macular Degeneration (DB51826), ophthalmologist Solomon, who has the condition, offers information and advice to patients. Lists special tools, including magnifiers and text-to-voice devices; issues for caregivers, such as watching for signs of depression; and resources. 2009.

Practical Improvements for Older Homeowners: Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable as You Age
by Rick Peters
DB69710 6 hours, 5 minutes, read by Brian Conn
Step-by-step instructions for remodeling a home to facilitate independent living. Offers ideas for bathrooms, hallways, kitchens, and other living areas. Suggests ways to improve flooring, steps, lighting, and doors, including adding grab bars and ramps. Lists necessary tools and estimated costs. 2006.

Protect Your Sight: How to Save Your Vision in the Epidemic of Macular Degeneration
by James C. Folk and Mark E. Wilkinson
DB63384 6 hours, 1 minute, read by Bob Moore
Comprehensive guide to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ophthalmolo-gists Folk and Wilkinson describe the nature and symptoms of AMD, possible causes, and risk factors, including smoking and cardio-vascular disease. They also discuss treatments and rehabilitation and recommend diet and lifestyle changes to help reduce chance and severity of onset. 2006.

Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle—and Pursuing Your Dreams
by Bart Astor
BR20491 4 volumes
DB78670 5 hours, 21 minutes, read by Gregory Gorton
Eldercare expert relates ways to forge new paths and expectations for the second stage of adulthood that begins after age fifty. Discusses creating goals, increasing activity level, staying healthy, having the right health insurance, transitioning from full-time work, making money last a lifetime, choosing living arrangements, and maintaining relationships. 2013.

States of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions
by Paul Hogan and Lori Hogan
DB71516 7 hours, 47 minutes, read by Gary Tipton
Guide for families who are making decisions about senior care. Evaluates available options, including retirement communities, adult day-care centers, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, hospice, and in-home caregivers. Discusses bereavement and covers funerals, finances, and estate planning. 2010.

Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctorʼs Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a Loved One Gets Older
by Mark Lachs
DB72226 10 hours, 12 minutes, read by Butch Hoover
Geriatrician offers advice to seniors on obtaining good medical treatment as one ages. Discusses finding the right physician and care facility, making home modifications, implementing lifestyle choices, and planning financially for future needs. 2010.


The Baby Challenge: A Handbook on Pregnancy for Women with a Physical Disability
by Jain Mukti Campion
DB33357 7 hours, 1 minute, read by Kerry Cundiff
Practical guide to motherhood. Covers making the decision to become pregnant, available support services, pregnancy, delivery, and assistance from health professionals. Provides specific information about selected physical disabilities, such as visual impairment and diabetes. Appendices include a list of helpful organizations, other contacts, and a bibliography. 1990.

The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand his Extraordinary Son
by Ian Brown
DB74439 6 hours, 8 minutes, read by Ray Childs
Award-winning journalist candidly recounts his relationship with his son Walker, who was born with cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFC), a rare genetic mutation. Discusses raising Walker at home and the heart-rending decision to place teenaged Walker in a care facility. Reflects on the value of human life. Some strong language. 2009.

The Complete Guide to Aspergerʼs Syndrome
by Tony Attwood
DB64335 17 hours, 37 minutes, read by Steven Carpenter
Psychologist describes Aspergerʼs syndrome, its possible causes, and diagnosis. Discusses physical and emotional issues including cognitive function, sensory sensitivity, and motor and language development. Explains the logic and perspective of the person with Aspergerʼs. Offers suggestions for successful long-term relationships, college living, and suitable careers. Lists available resources. 2007.

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide
by Orrin Devinsky
DB54348 17 hours, 7 minutes, read by Butch Hoover
Neurologist outlines the physical and social aspects related to epilepsy including diagnosis and treatment; conditions in children, adults, and the elderly; legal and financial issues; and available resources. Offers advice on day-to-day issues, employment, mental health, and living fully. 2002.

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
DB75884 47 hours, 34 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Author of The Noonday Demon (DB53027) explores the ways families with children who are profoundly different from their parents redefine themselves. Uses anecdotal evidence to illustrate their responsibilities and struggles dealing with such issues as deafness, autism, schizophrenia, transsexualism, criminality, and more. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

Just One of the Kids: Raising a Resilient Family When One of Your Children Has a Physical Disability
by Kay Harris Kriegsman and Sara Palmer
DB77094 10 hours, 20 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Strives to create inclusive and resilient families with children who have physical disabilities. Coaches parents on how to be inclusive and pragmatic when solving problems and setting expectations for physically disabled children. 2013.

Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
by Daria J Medwid and Denise Weston Chapman
DB43088 17 hours, 17 minutes, read by Patricia McDermott
A step-by-step guide to raising deaf or hard-of-hearing children ages three to twelve. Offers ideas and methods to help parents set limits and foster positive behavior changes. Suggests play activities to enhance communication, solve problems, and strengthen relationships. 1995.

Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark: Reconstructing Life after Brain Injury
by Ruthann Knechel Johansen
DB55686 8 hours, 41 minutes, read by Annie Wauters
A mother recounts the rehabilitation of her fifteen-year-old son after his brain and central nervous system were severely injured in a car accident in 1985. She depicts the long process of personal reconstruction after traumatic brain injury and the repercussions within the family. 2002.

Mother Father Deaf: Living between Sound and Silence
by Paul M. Preston
BR09805 3 volumes
Award-winning British author and playwright chronicles his London familyʼs ascension into the twentieth-century middle class. Relates the travails of his hard-of-hearing salesman father, who was raised by deaf parents, and the early death of his musically trained mother. Describes his own childhood during World War II. 2010.

The Parents’ Guide to Cochlear Implants
by Patricia M. Chute and Mary Ellen Nevins
BR14843 2 volumes
DB56580 6 hours, 25 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
Resource book detailing the process of cochlear implantation in children from evaluation and surgery to switch-on. Discusses strategies to develop auditory skills, educational and performance issues, parental responsibilities, and the role of implants in bridging the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds. 2002.

Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew
by Stanley D. Klein and John D. Kemp
BR15418 2 volumes
DB58425 7 hours, read by Carol Dines
Forty informative essays by successful adult role models who have “lived the disability experience.” Individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, learning disabilities, and other health conditions share their thoughts on acceptance, parenting, sexuality, and education. 2004.

Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability
by Mary McHugh
DB48455 9 hours, 41 minutes, read by Lindsay Ellison
The author describes her own and othersʼ childhood experiences as siblings of someone with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, or a physical disability. Offers suggestions to families on improving the emotional atmosphere in the home for all the children. Includes a list of resources including support groups and websites. 1999.

Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs
by Jan Campito
DB65114 6 hours, 11 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
A mother of children with special needs explains how parents can look after their own childʼs best interests at school and at home. Details ways to obtain diagnoses, therapeutic interventions, and educational services. Describes special-education bureaucracy, support networks, a childʼs transition to adulthood, and successfully structuring the home. 2007.

When the School Says No, How to Get the Yes! Securing Special Education Services for Your Child
by Vaughn Lauer
DB78247 10 hours, 28 minutes, read by Jeff Allin
Special education professional offers guidance to help parents obtain an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a child with special needs. Advocates a collaborative approach and uses case studies to illustrate what works and what does not. 2014.

People with Disabilities and the Arts

Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability
edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Northen, and Sheila Black
DB74050 13 hours, 13 minutes, read by Mitzi Friedlander
Anthology shows disability through the lenses of poetry and essays. Features works of early and mid-twentieth-century poets, such as Josephine Miles and Larry Eigner, as well as from participants in the later “disability/crip poetics” movement, including John Lee Clark and Daniel Simpson. Offers critical commentary. 2011.

Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look—The Second Literary Anthology of Stories, Poems, and Essays by Writers with Disabilities
by Kate Chamberlin
DB77772 11 hours, 5 minutes, read by Carol Dines
Anthology of memoirs, stories, poems, and essays by authors with disabilities. In “Banging the Drum Loudly” Peter Altschul describes how he performed with his schoolʼs marching band. In “A Prickly Tree” Robert Feinstein recounts his Jewish mother buying him a Christmas tree. 2013.

Behind Our Eyes: Stories, Poems, and Essays by Writers with Disabilities
by Marilyn Brandt Smith and Sanford Rosenthal
BR17432 3 volumes
DB65632 8 hours, 42 minutes, read by Mimi Bederman
Twenty-seven contributors, many blind, express their experiences dealing with everyday situations and emotions. In “Her Day Versus My Day,” a twenty-five-year-old suffers a stroke. In “Rebel with a Cane,” a thirteen-year-old who is blind defies her overprotective parents and walks home alone from school. 2007.

A Blessing Well Disguised: A Blinded Artist’s Inner Journey Out of the Dark
by Lloyd Burlingame
DB84420 7 hours, 36 minutes, read by A.J. Stetson
Broadway stage designer, blinded at the height of his career, describes his
efforts to reinvent himself as an author—Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan (DB75550), Sets, Lights, and Lunacy (DB80648)—and, more important, to accept his condition and find wholeness. His journey is facilitated by Jungian analysis. 2014

A Brush with Darkness: Learning to Paint after Losing My Sight
by Lisa Fittipaldi
DB60724 8 hours, 8 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Author discusses her life after being diagnosed with vasculitis in her forties. Describes her feelings of despair during her first two years of blindness. Relates that a gift from her husband—a childʼs watercolor set—became the catalyst for her new career as a renowned painter, and for her new outlook. 2004.

Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists
by Jean Kennedy Smith and George Plimpton
BR09450 2 volumes
DB37550 8 hours, 2 minutes, read by Scott Sedar
Smith, founder of an organization that provides artistic opportunities for people with disabilities, interviews artists who have found ways to express themselves. Edited by George Plimpton, her book profiles people involved in a wide range of artistic endeavors, and includes a disabilities awareness guide, a glossary, and a listing of organizations related to people with disabilities and the arts. 1993.

Chuck Close: Life
By Christopher Finch
DB73629 14 hours, 22 minutes, read by J.P. Linton
Biography of American artist Chuck Close (born 1940), famous for his larger-than-life photo-imitative portraits. Close discusses his learning disabilities, his marriage to his former student Leslie Rose, the bohemian environment of 1960s New York, the challenges of balancing career and family, his paralysis at age forty-eight, and his return to painting. 2010.

Let Your Camera Do the Seeing: The World’s First Photography Manual for the Legally Blind
by George Covington and Anne Ford
DB17386 2 hours, 3 minutes, read by Harold Glicken
A manual prepared by a legally blind photographer who found that photographs, especially black and white prints, are much more visible to him than the objects they portray. The manual explains camera functions concisely and gives directions for shooting, processing, and printing film. 1981.

Only Bread, Only Light: Poems
by Stephen Kuusisto
DB54093 1 hour, 17 minutes, read by Gary Telles
Collection of poetry that has the experience of blindness as a common theme. Author of Planet of the Blind (DB45500) describes childhood perceptions in “Blind Days in Early Youth,” adult decisions in “Learning Braille at Thirty-Nine,” and celebrating music and nature in “Essay on November.” 2000.

Toward Solomon’s Mountain: The Experience of Disability in Poetry
by Joseph L. Baird and Deborah S. Workman
DB25427 2 hours, 35 minutes, read by Bob Askey
Unusual anthology of serious, tough-minded poems about the experience of disability, in which the authors view themselves with objectivity. Not all of the poems collected here are by disabled writers. Biographical sketches of the contributors are included. 1986.

Physical Disability and Chronic Illness

The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook: Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Related Conditions
by Sarah Hendrickx
DB72397 6 hours, 23 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to developmental conditions as they affect teens and adults. Describes the history, causes, characteristics, diagnosis, and treatment of nine different disorders. Explores issues neurodiverse individuals may face in school and in the workplace and suggests adjustments they, along with their teachers and employers, can make. 2010.

After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life after Treatment
by Hester Hill Schnipper and Lowell E. Schnipper
DB57017 9 hours, 13 minutes, read by Mitzi Friedlander
Oncology social worker and breast cancer survivor discusses the emotional and physical concerns of women after they complete medical treatment and are considered “well.” Covers topics such as fears of recurrence, hormonal and alternative therapies, hair loss, weight problems, sexuality, relationships with family and friends, professional issues, and finances. 2003.

The Complete Guide to Barrier-Free Housing: Convenient Living for the Elderly and the Physically Handicapped
by Gary D. Branson and Hilary W. Swinson
DB36504 5 hours, 35 minutes, read by Lou Harpenau
A former contractor suggests designs for building new homes, or ways to adapt existing houses, to provide safe, convenient, and accessible living space for aged and disabled people. Branson examines every aspect of the home from the entrance to the closets. Nine appendixes list sources of a wide range of information and products. 1991.

Meeting the Challenges of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood
by Arlyn J Roffman
DB51692 6 hours, 37 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
Suggestions for adults on coping with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Uses case studies to illustrate how to contend with issues in daily life including employment, dating, parenthood, intimacy, and mental health. Offers strategies for transitioning from high school. 2000.

Meeting the Challenge of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
by Patricia K Coyle and June Halper
DB64200 4 hours, 55 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Covers the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis with the goal of disease modification and symptom reduction. The neurologist and nurse authors discuss managing the symptoms with both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. They also deal with the social, psychological, emotional, vocational, and economic consequences of the condition. 2001

Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis
by Jeffrey N. Gingold
DB68256 9 hours, 32 minutes, read by Bill Wallace
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) and health-care professionals describe techniques for coping with the cognitive obstacles of the disease. They offer practical methods for remaining mentally active and include case studies and interviews. 2009.

Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal
by Cleo Hutton and Louis R. Caplan
DB56712 7 hours, 14 minutes, read by Barbara Caruso
Forty-three-year-old nurse Cleo Huttonʼs diary of her recovery from a stroke is interwoven with Dr. Louis Caplanʼs clinical opinions and knowledge about the condition. Topics covered are symptoms, tests, rehabilitation, disabilities, and family issues. 2003.

Three Hundred Tips for Making Life with Multiple Sclerosis Easier
by Shelley Peterman Schwarz
DB60702 2 hours, 44 minutes, read by Kate Sanders
Labor- and time-saving techniques for those with multiple sclerosis and other chronic medical conditions. Schwarz, who was diagnosed with MS in 1979, offers advice on home safety and accessibility, dressing and grooming, utilizing new technology, preparing meals, travel and recreation, health care issues, personal empowerment, and more. Includes resources. 1999.

Women Living with Multiple Sclerosis: Walking May be Difficult, but Together We Fly
by Judith Lynn Nichols
DB48571 5 hours, 36 minutes, read by Jill Ferris
More than twenty diverse women share their experiences of living with multiple sclerosis (MS) via the Internet. The participants offer support and tips for daily coping with symptoms and inconveniences of the disease. Includes discussions on sex, fatigue, spirituality, and the insensitivity of others. Contains a list of resources. Some strong language. 1999.

Service Animals

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog
by Dean R. Koontz
BR18728 2 volumes
DB70393 5 hours, 11 minutes, read by Guy Williams
Recalls ways that Trixie, a three-year-old golden retriever and former service dog for Canine Companions for Independence, inspired the lives of bestselling novelist Dean Koontz and his wife, Gerda. Details fond and poignant memories of Trixieʼs short but full life. 2009.

Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life
by Patty L. Fletcher
DB70393 6 hours, 16 minutes, read by Suzanne Toren
A woman recounts her experiences working with a guide dog after using a cane for thirty-one years. Describes the training process, finding a connection with her dog, and the impact on her life after returning home from training. Discusses the effect of her increased independence on personal relationships. 2014

Chelsea, the Story of a Signal Dog
by Paul W. Ogden
BR08865 2 volumes
Ogden, a deaf professor, discusses the loving working relationship he and his wife have with Chelsea, the professional signal dog they received from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). Impressed by CCIʼs integrity and training methods, Ogden describes the initial two-week orientation, the tasks signal dogs are trained to perform, and the unique quirks that developed as the coupleʼs relationship with Chelsea grew. 1992.

Every Step Forward: Personal Accounts of the Unique Partnerships between Blind People and Their Seeing Eye Dogs
by Rosemary Carroll
BR15966 2 volumes
Twenty-four graduates of The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, present individual perspectives on their experiences at the school and on being blind. They describe the process of learning to properly use guide dogs and attest to the increased mobility and independence they achieved through the training facility. 2004

Independent Vision: Dorothy Harrison Eustis and the Story of the Seeing Eye
by Miriam Ascarelli
BR18748 2 volumes
Biography of Dorothy Harrison Eustis (1886–1946), founder of the Seeing Eye, the first guide-dog school in America. Chronicles her childhood in upper-class Philadelphia, two marriages, and vacations in Switzerland, where she was introduced to dogs assisting blinded German veterans. Describes the 1929 establishment of Eustisʼs school in New Jersey. 2010.

Partners in Independence: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled
by Edwin Eames and Toni Eames
BR15603 2 volumes
DB58508 8 hours, 34 minutes, read by Michele Schaeffer
Accounts of disabled people and their canine assistants that depict the trust, support, and bonding that typify these relationships. Recounts cases of heroic actions by dogs to save their human partners from harm, as well as examples of everyday assistance that dogs provide. 1997.

The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of “Unadoptables” Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
by Susannah Charleson
DB80097 9 hours, 49 minutes, read by Mare Trevathan
Canine search-and-rescue team member describes learning to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, to help people with a variety of conditions, including PTSD and panic attacks. Charleson reveals the personalities of the various dogs she has met, saved, adopted, and trained, including her original search dog and a starving pit-bull puppy. Strong language. 2014.

Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes
by Maria Goodavage
DB74618 5 hours, 51 minutes, read by Anne Hancock
Examines the use of dogs in war—from their identification and training to their role on the battlefield with their handlers. Describes cases when the bonding between human and canine soldiers led to adoption at retirement. Decries the lack of official Department of Defense recognition for the dogsʼ service. Bestseller. 2012.

Sounds like Skipper: The Story of Kerena Marchant and Her Hearing Dog Skipper
by Kerena Marchant
BR08462 2 volumes
Kerena Marchant was five years old before her hearing loss was discovered. With a determination to overcome challenges, she graduated from a regular school and the university and landed a job with the BBC. But living on her own created some unique problems. Skipperʼs arrival in Kerenaʼs life has made her life and her work much easier. Skipper even has his own BBC staff pass. 1987.

Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Help Others
by Kathy Diamond Davis
DB63582 7 hours, 7 minutes, read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Provides guidelines for selecting, socializing, and training dogs to do therapy work as part of a group of dogs and by themselves for people with special needs. Offers practical instructions for owners on handling a dog as part of a human-dog team. 2002.

Through a Dogʼs Eyes
by Jennifer Arnold
BR19181 2 volumes
DB71937 7 hours, 45 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Founder of Canine Assistants, a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities, offers a guide to training service animals. Arnold, who has multiple sclerosis, recounts developing her program and recalls acts of heroism and hard-won successes. Discusses positive reinforcement methods from the viewpoint of the canine. 2010.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory
BR19434 2 volumes
DB73300 7 hours, 19 minutes, read by Peter Ganim
Michael Hingson, an executive who worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, recounts his escape after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Hingson, blind since birth, describes what he and his guide dog Roselle experienced as she led him down seventy-eight flights of stairs to safety. 2011.

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission
by Elise Lufkin
BR18838 2 volumes
DB70466 6 hours, 26 minutes, read by Faith Potts
Animal-adoption advocate profiles fifty-two dogs and one cat that were rescued from abuse or abandonment and then trained as therapy and service animals. Offers firsthand accounts of individuals who benefited from their companionship. Includes questions to consider before adopting a dog. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs
by Kathy Nimmer
DB74137 10 hours, 22 minutes, read by Mitzi Friedlander
A collection of stories, essays, and poems about beloved canine partners from individuals who have disabilities and others. Describes the challenges and rewards of training guide dogs, the first days with a new service animal, and daily life. Shares moments of humor—and of loss. 2010.

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter
DB74020 9 hours, 25 minutes, read by Guy Williams
Former army captain recalls returning stateside with numerous physical injuries—including traumatic brain injury—and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after two tours in Iraq. Describes acquiring a service dog named Tuesday and ways the canine helped him recover. 2011.

Working like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook
by Marcie Davis and Melissa Bunnell
DB65497 5 hours, 7 minutes, read by Gabra Zackman
Guide to service dogs trained to assist people with mobility limitations. Describes the process of obtaining a service dog, caring for it, and retiring dogs that can no longer work. Includes assistance dog standards, a list of resources, and training programs. 2007.

Travel, Transportation, Recreation, and People with Disabilities

Access Anything: I Can Do That! Adventuring with Disabilities
by Andrea Jehn Kennedy and Craig Kennedy
DB69444 3 hours, 59 minutes, read by Kristin Allison
Guide to sports and travel for people with disabilities features interviews with world-class athletes, including a paraplegic skier. Describes forty-five individual and team sports adapted for people of varying physical abilities. Covers rules and equipment. Provides tips for travel by airplane, car, charter bus, cruise ship, and train. 2007.

Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants
by Janeen Adil
DB52241 10 hours, 46 minutes, read by Butch Hoover
An avid gardener provides tips and techniques for adapting garden format and methods for people with limited mobility. Explains advantages of containers, raised beds, and vertical gardens. Chapters discuss appropriate tools; choosing vegetables, herbs, flowers, vines, and ornamentals; and starting children in gardening. 1994.

Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers
by Candy Harrington
DB61293 5 hours, 39 minutes, read by Margaret Strom
A self-help guide on traveling for people with mobility disabilities. Discusses access rules and laws, and what to expect on trips by plane, bus, train, or cruise ship. Explains the rights of a consumer and offers advice on what to do when things go wrong. 2005.

Boating for the Handicapped: Guidelines for the Physically Disabled
by Eugene Hedley and the Human Resources Center
DB16251 3 hours,15 minutes, read by Phyllis Fabara
Provides information for physically handicapped individuals who are involved in recreational boating activities. Offers guidelines in independence afloat, safety afloat, emergency procedures, access, and boats and boating. The print edition contains a summary of the guidelines in braille. 2006.

The Care and Feeding of the Long White Cane: Instructions in Cane Travel for Blind People
by Thomas Bickford
DB37053 1 hour, 49 minutes, read by Ed Blake
The author, who is blind himself, begins with instructions for novices in cane use and continues with step-by-step advice on walking within buildings, following traffic patterns, and using public transportation. Also discussed are recreational hiking and dealing with inclement weather. 1993.

The Enabling Garden: A Guide to Lifelong Gardening
by Gene Rothert
DB43253 5 hours, 2 minutes, read by Butch Hoover
A step-by-step guide to barrier-free gardening for people with disabilities and older adults. Provides a checklist for assessing oneʼs gardening abilities, then offers advice on selecting appropriate structures, tools, equipment, plants, and garden designs. 1994.

Finding Wheels: A Curriculum for Non-Drivers with Visual Impairments for Gaining Control of Transportation Needs
by Anne Lesley Corn and Penny L. Rosenblum
DB57825 5 hours, 11 minutes, read by Patricia McDermott
Presents a multifaceted program addressing emotional and physical travel related issues for young adults with visual impairments who may or may not have additional mild disabilities. Explores options such as paratransit, charity services, and bioptic driving and provides budgeting and route planning strategies to maximize independence. Includes case studies and activities. 2000.

Gardening through Your Golden Years
by James W. Wilson
DB57787 5 hours, 40 minutes, read by Erik Synnestvedt
BR15099 2 volumes
Former cohost of PBS television show The Victory Garden and author of Landscaping with Wildflowers (DB35814) shares wisdom gathered from "seasoned" gardeners on the benefits of continuing this hobby into old age. Includes tips to minimize fatigue and other ailments, describes laborsaving methods, and offers all kinds of advice. 2003.

The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People
by Marlene A. Condon
BR16677 2 volumes
Birds and Blooms magazine field editor’s guide to cultivating an ecological, low-maintenance garden to serve as a habitat for native species. Environmentally conscious techniques stress reducing lawn area and eliminating chemicals. Discusses using natural fertilizers and pesticides, creating ponds, and observing wildlife. Offers tips for elderly and disabled gardeners. 2006.

101 Accessible Vacations: Travel Ideas for Wheelers and Slow-Walkers
by Candy Harrington
DB67755 6 hours, 37 minutes, read by Faith Potts
Author of Barrier-Free Travel (DB61293) provides a guide to United States destinations for people with mobility problems. Details cities, national parks, historical attractions, and recreational opportunities under categories such as big city, the great outdoors, road trips, cruises, small towns, and family fun. Covers lodging. 2008.

PassPorterʼs Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line: Easy-Access Vacations for Travelers with Extra Challenges
by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma
DB65863 24 hours, 32 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Comprehensive guide to vacationing in Disneyʼs Florida resorts or on Disney cruise ships for special-needs travelers with hearing or vision impairment, mobility issues, and other physical, mental, or dietary considerations. Provides information on finding accessible accommodations and eateries, getting around, and enjoying each theme park and attraction. Includes resources. 2007.

Sites Unseen: Traveling the World without Sight
by Wendy S. David
DB73854 5 hours, 14 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Based on her own experiences in Europe and North America, well-traveled blind psychologist provides tips and tools for taking trips without sighted assistance. Discusses where to go, how to get there, what to bring, what to do, and what questions to ask. 2010.

There Is Room at the Inn: Inns and B and Bs for Wheelers and Slow Walkers
by Candy Harrington
DB62606 7 hours, 33 minutes, read by Frank Coffee
Guide to one hundred U.S. lodgings that the author deems accessible and welcoming to people with impaired mobility. Reviews inns, bed-and-breakfasts, a safari park, a dude ranch, and other small facilities, detailing accessibility features including sleeping and bathroom accommodations. Lists properties by state and provides sightseeing suggestions. 2006.

22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers
by Candy Harrington
DB75991 10 hours, 10 minutes, read by Theresa Conkin
Advocate for accessible travel presents twenty-two itineraries designed for wheelchair users and/or slow walkers. Trips cover the continental United States, including one featuring Utahʼs five national parks and another showcasing “Land of Lincoln” in Illinois and the Iowa filming location of the movie Field of Dreams. 2012.

Veterans with Disabilities

American Heroes on the Home Front: The Hearts of Heroes
by Oliver North and Bob Hamer
DB78084 5 hours, 42 minutes, read by Jake Williams
Profiles American servicemen and servicewomen who have returned home from military deployments to deal with their battle wounds and/or illnesses. Discusses their combat actions, rehabilitation, and family lives as they have learned to live with multiple handicaps. Companion to television series War Stories. Some violence. 2013.

Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better Than Yours
by Phillip Longman
DB55594 5 hours, 30 minutes, read by Bill Wallace
Economic journalist posits that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals offer services far superior to those in private-sector hospitals. Examines the VA system and advocates giving all Americans its high-quality, cost-effective "health for life" model of care. 2007.

Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD: A Resource and Recovery Guide
by Cheryl Lawhorne and Don Philpott
DB72228 12 hours, 54 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Guidance for military veterans—and their families—who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Authors describe symptoms and diagnoses; discuss treatment options; and list resources for rehabilitation, support, and insurance and benefits issues. 2010.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
by United States Department of Veterans Affairs
DB8254 3 hours, 40 minutes, read by Bob Moore
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2016 summary of benefits provided to eligible individuals. Covers health care, service-related disabilities, pensions, education and training, home loans, life insurance, burial and memorial benefits, transition assistance, dependents, and survivors. 2016.

Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War
by Penny Coleman
DB64341 7 hours, 14 minutes, read by Michele Schaeffer
Vietnam War widow studies the link between war-induced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide. Includes the history of PTSD and interviews with veteransʼ families. Warns that a nonresponsive military system will cause the suicide rate of soldiers in Iraq to exceed that of Vietnam veterans. Some strong language. 2006.

Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed, and Karl Rove
by Max Cleland and Ben Raines
DB71795 7 hours, 53 minutes, read by Jack Fox
Memoir by a triple-amputee veteran of the Vietnam War who was also a U.S. senator from Georgia. Cleland describes his tour of duty, rehabilitation at Walter Reed hospital, and entrance into state and national politics. Highlights his continuing battle with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some strong language. 2009.

Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Armyʼs First Blind Active-Duty Officer
by Scotty Smiley and Doug Crandall
BR19133 2 volumes
DB71909 6 hours, 51 minutes, read by Bob Moore
Account of U.S. Army Captain and Ranger Scotty Smiley, who after losing his sight during a suicide-bomber attack in Iraq, became the first active-duty blind officer. Covers Smileyʼs post-injury accomplishments, including earning an MBA, winning an ESPY, climbing Mount Rainier, and teaching leadership at West Point. Discusses his faith. 2010.

The Irritable Heart: The Medical Mystery of the Gulf War
by Jeff Wheelwright
DB57083 17 hours, 39 minutes, read by Lou Harpenau
Reviews the medical histories of five ailing veterans from the 1991 Persian
Gulf War to seek a biomedical explanation for difficult-to-diagnose conditions. Also examines illnesses exhibited by military personnel after other armed encounters, including “irritable heart” disease following the Civil War. Concludes these maladies result from combination of physical symptoms and psychological stress. 2001.

Journey to Excellence: Development of the Military and VA Blind Rehabilitation Programs in the 20th Century
by Stephen Miyagawa
DB48780 9 hours, 27 minutes, read by Jeremy Gage
Blinded in the Korean War, the author uses interviews, personal anecdotes, and government documents to illustrate the development of rehabilitation centers for blinded veterans since World War I. Miyagawa shows how these programs have also contributed to advancements in rehabilitation for the civilian population. 1998.

Learning to Cope with Sight Loss: Six Weeks at a VA Blind Rehabilitation Center
by William L. McGee and Sandra V. McGee
DB71922 1 hour, 22 minutes, read by Ed Dudkowski
Author shares his experiences learning to manage the effects of sight loss with help from the VA Western Blind Rehabilitation Center program. Includes information on living skills, manual skills, computer-access training, therapy, family assistance, and more. 2010.

Military Mental Health Care: A Guide for Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Community
by Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott and Don Philpott
DB76384 10 hours, 23 minutes, read by Peter Johnson
Resource guide for U.S. military veterans and their families provides information on medical treatment, rehabilitation, counseling, transition, and other care needed for mental and physical health. Includes information on traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and other psychological issues. 2013.

One Soldier’s Story: A Memoir
by Robert J. Dole
BR15960 2 volumes
DB60181 8 hours, 14 minutes, read by Bruce Huntey
Former senator from Kansas describes his enlistment into the elite U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division as a lieutenant during World War II. Chronicles the April 14, 1945, battle in Italy that paralyzed him, his long recovery, first marriage, and entry into civilian life and the political sphere. Bestseller. 2005.

Run, Donʼt Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center
by Adele Levine
DB79814 7 hours, 44 minutes, read by Nancy Lynne Walters
Physical therapist describes her time working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2005 to 2011. Shares the stories of many patients, often amputees injured by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq or Afghanistan. Explains the impact of her work on her personal life. 2014.

Shades of Darkness: A Black Soldier’s Journey through Vietnam, Blindness, and Back
by George E. Brummell
BR16819 3 volumes
DB63743 6 hours, 55 minute, read by Steven Carpenter
Memoir of Staff Sergeant George Brummell, who was blinded in Vietnam. Recalls growing up in segregated Federalsburg, Maryland, before joining the army at age seventeen. Highlights his rehabilitation, quest for a college degree, and career with the Blinded Veterans Association. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Special Needs Families in the Military: A Resource Guide
by Janelle Hill and Don Philpott
DB72224 5 hours, 51 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
The authors of The Wounded Warrior Handbook (DB75316) provide advice for military families dealing with special-needs children and adults. They discuss benefits and treatment options and highlight the importance of acting as an advocate for oneʼs child. Includes resources section that lists support groups. 2011.

The Wounded Warrior Handbook: A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans
by Janelle Hill, Don Philpott, and Cheryl Lawhorne
DB75316 23 hours, 56 minutes, read by Kerry Dukin
Second edition of a guide for injured U.S. military veterans and their families provides information on medical treatment, rehabilitation, mental-health counseling, family support, and transitioning to civilian life. Details benefits, taxes, and legal issues and discusses bereavement. Includes resources and success stories. 2012.

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