Coping with Vision Loss: Understanding the Psychological, Social, and Spiritual Effects: Understanding the Psychological, Social, and Spiritual Effects

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 177 pages
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Dr. Cheri Langdell, a professor of English, and Dr. Tim Langdell, a clinical psychologist and digital media expert, take us through personal, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives on blindness, and—perhaps surprisingly—show us some of the benefits nearly blind and blind people have found after vision loss. These benefits include what some describe as heightening of the other senses, deepening spiritual sight, and stronger insights into the human condition.

Through literature, media, and cinema across the ages, the authors focus attention on how the masses worldwide who are sighted view, and treat, the blind and legally blind. Coping with Vision Loss: Understanding the Psychological, Social, and Spiritual Effects also includes non-fiction written about and by the blind that gives great insight into their condition. The text explains what the visually impaired and blind can do to stay strong and live their lives to the fullest, as well as what family members and friends can do to help when needed, or to back off when one wants to be as independent as possible. Technological advances to assist the blind and legally blind are reviewed, as are websites for a host of organizations created to assist people with vision loss.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 A Brief History of Blindness in World Literature
23
3 Original Fiction by the Blind
69
4 The Blind Writing about Blindness
93
5 The Spiritual Dimensions of Blindness
129
6 Current Insights into Visual Impairment and Vision Loss or Change
151
7 Conclusion
163
List of Useful Links and Resources
165
Works Cited and Consulted
169
Index
175
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Cheri Colby Langdell, PhD, is lecturer in English at the University of California, Riverside.

Tim Langdell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and digital media expert.

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