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Book Review: “Blindness for Beginners: A Renewed Vision of the Possible”

Editor’s note:  This review is part of our series on Reading to Enhance Mental Health and Well Being. As part of the VisionAware bookshelf series, I read Blindness for Beginners: A Renewed Vision of the Possible! What a delight! The title invites the reader into author Maribel Steel’s creative world of sensory resilience and problem-solving … Continued

Book Review: “Seeking Solace: Finding Joy After Loss”

Editor’s note:  This review is part of our series on Reading to Enhance Mental Health and Well Being. Forget the old adage that says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” The cover of VisionAware Peer Advisor Amy Bovaird’s third book could indeed be judged by its cover, and the assessment would most likely be … Continued

Review of National Library Service Graphic Novel “The March Trilogy”

Editor’s note: With the observance of Martin Luther King Day on January 21, this post by Empish Thomas is particularly relevant. It is part of VisionAware’s ongoing book review series. Caption: Book Cover of March Book One I don’t typically read graphic novels. As a matter of fact, the book that I am reviewing is … Continued

Lynda Lambert Shares Prologue to Her Book “Walking by Inner Vision”

Editor’s Note: VisionAware Peer Advisor Mary Hiland recommended that VisionAware publish the prologue from Peer Advisor Lynda Lambert’s book, Walking by Inner Vision, as a follow up to Lynda’s excellent series on "Regaining a Creative Life After Vision Loss." Lynda has graciously agreed to this reprint of her work. In her recommendation, Mary observed that … Continued

The Bookshelf: Review of “Follow Your Dog” by Ann Chiappetta

Book Presents View of Difficulties of Growing Up with Low Vision Ann Chiappetta’s second book entitled “Follow Your Dog, A Story of Love and Trust,” is a memoir about growing up with low vision and how becoming a guide dog handler changed her life. Ann took me on a journey through her world as she … Continued

Book Review: The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season

The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season is Alice Jane-Marie Massa’s first book. It’s a collection of holiday-themed memoirs, fanciful stories, and poems. Readers are immediately drawn into the book for two reasons. First, the book’s cover photo features a picture of a Christmas carriage on a snowy day. This photo by … Continued

Living with Blindness Before the ADA: Review of “Planet of the Blind”

Overview of Planet of the Blind Stephen Kuusisto’s fantastic book, Planet of the Blind, details his life as someone living with blindness before the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He describes what it was like growing up, how he was ostracized throughout his education, and how he struggled to deal with his own … Continued

The Bookshelf: Review of “Upwelling” by Ann Chiappetta

"A Breath, an Intonation Expresses a Desire to Act" This thought, "the desire to act," begins a journey we will take as we pick up the first book written by Ann Chiappetta who has been blind since 1993. Upwelling is a short book of poetry; it’s her first book. Because Ann works as a readjustment … Continued

Reviewing Books on Blindness: Harnessing Courage and Moving Forward As an Individual with Vision Loss

Editor’s note: These book reviews by Peer Advisor, Amy Bovaird are part of the VisionAware Bookshelf Series. Each book shares a message of facing vision loss straight on and finding the courage and will power to move forward with life as someone living with a visual impairment. Harnessing Courage: Overcoming Adversity Through Grit and Gratitude … Continued