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The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in the United States: A Social History of Blindness in the United States (Paperback)

The Classic History--Now Reissued!

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Description of The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in the United States

AFB Press reissues the classic history of trends that affected people who are blind or visually impaired in this country and the professions that developed in response. Originally published in 1976, the reissued edition of The Unseen Minority includes historical chronologies of events extending to the present and bringing readers up to date on the current trends in the field. Seasoned professionals brushing up on the history of the blindness field and up-and-coming practitioners will both benefit from this presentation of landmark events and the forces that shaped them

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Paperback Product Details:

Pages: 672 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-89128-896-1
Publisher: AFB Press
Year of publication: 2004
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Review The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in the United States

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Editorial Review:

The Midwest Book Review
The Unseen Minority is a comprehensive and in-depth account of everything from books for the blind (braille and audio books), to issues particular to the war-blinded, the role of mobility as the key to independence among the blind, and much more. A "must-have" definitive history especially recommended for college and reference libraries.
D.V.I. Quarterly - Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Visual Impairments
The field of blindness and visual impairment has evolved greatly over time. Frances Koestler's book provides information about education, rehabilitation, technology or lack of technology, professional organizations, prominent figures in the field, and how various disciplines came about including orientation and mobility. The book also talks about how others perceive the blind and the history of blindness and visual impairment. The original edition was a compilation of the past up to 1976. The re-issued edition moves us forward with the historical timelines adding important information through the late 1990's for the areas of low vision, legislation, orientation and mobility, and up to 2000 for education. This worthy book continues to be a valuable addition to one's library, whether public or private. The American Foundation for the Blind was wise not to allow this book to go out of print. It allows professionals as well as those who are not in out field to understand what those who are blind and visually impaired may have experienced. It also tells us how, through time and experience, specific fields and tools have evolved which are solely related to blindness and visual impairments.