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May 1976

The Changing Status of the Blind: From Separation to Integration

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(5):873. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030437021

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This book reviews the history of the family and community status of the blind. Beginning with primitive times, the author narrates the various attitudes that have existed until the present. Influences of education, both self-invoked and formal, that began early in the modern era are shown. This has led to the development of modern concepts that have been of utmost importance in bringing about increased acceptance of the blind as equals in the personal, political, educational, sociologic, and employment spheres. The volume is extremely well written and the material is interestingly presented. There is acknowledgement of the influence of selfhelp, educational improvements and advantages, and rehabilitation programs on the more widespread social acceptance of the blind person. This treatise will be of greatest interest to social workers, educators, and rehabilitation and social agencies, and it should be a valuable background source for them. For the ophthalmologist it is an interesting

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