This Book is for You:
If you are blind or have a family member or friend who is blind, this book is for you. If you are losing your sight or know someone who is, this book is for you. If you are a teacher, a social worker, a counselor, a librarian, or a minister, this book is for you. It is meant to provide information about where to get things and how to learn new techniques. Even more important, it is meant to instill confidence and allay fear. Contrary to popular belief, the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misunderstanding and misconceptions which exist. It is no longer theory but fact that with reasonable training and opportunity the average blind person can compete on terms of equality with the average sighted person similarly situated. This book is a manual and a "how to" guide, not only for the blind but also for those losing sight and for the members of their families. It is meant for senior citizens, for young adults, and for those in between. It is also meant for parents of blind children and for professionals in the field. It proclaims that loss of sight need not be a tragedy but that it can be, and probably will unless correct information is available. The simple statement that it is respectable to be blind is our thesis, and that thesis (though undramatic) is revolutionary. It points the way to new hope and unexpected opportunity for those who are blind or are losing their sight. So read on, and contact us if you need our help.
Helpful navigation links are located at the bottom of each section, and at the top of each section (in smaller print above the title) following this first one. At any time the reader may use these to go to any section in the book including the Table of Contents. The reader may also choose to go back to David Milner's Blindness Page, go to David Milner's Home Page or send email comments.
This adaptation is taken from the Large Type edition of the publication. I have renamed it the "Hypertext Edition," since it will be found on and oriented for the World Wide Web. The editing of this document has consisted almost entirely of reformatting, so that it may be more easily read using some of the options available through hypertext.
The hypertext version of 'If Blindness Comes' enhances useage of the document through faster access to specific information, as well as simplified reading and more eye-catching 'landmarks'. Please feel free to 'grab' these pages with your Web browser for viewing on your local/home machine. If this book is posted in any other public place however, please remember to keep all copyright notices intact.
Hypertext is not for everyone. Those who wish to make use of this valuable resource through other formats will find what they need at the Materials Center, located at the National Center for the Blind.
If there are any questions regarding the reformatting of this document, please feel free to send me email at the prompt below.
David Milner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The type size used in this book is 14 Point for two important reasons: One, because typesetting of 14 Point or larger complies with federal standards for the printing of materials for visually impaired readers, and we wanted to show you what type size is helpful for people with limited sight. The second reason is that many of our friends and supporters have asked us to print our paperback books in 14-point type so they too can easily read them. Many people with limited sight do not use Braille. We hope that by printing this book in a larger type than customary, many more people will be able to benefit from it.
Contact Us! Throughout this book we invite you to contact us for information. To do so write to: National Federation of the Blind 1800 Johnson Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230