What Every Blind Person Needs YOU To Know by Leanne Hunt

A handbook for families, friends and colleagues of the visually impaired

Empowering the blind or partially-sighted person in your life would be fabulous, right? Giving her back her independence would significantly enhance her self-esteem, not to mention freeing you up to attend to other things on your plate.
Written by someone who has walked the path of deteriorating eyesight and worked as a qualified crisis counsellor, this handbook contains a wealth of insight into the physical, emotional and psychological challenges facing those with a disability. Its contents include:

◾️ Common attitudes towards blindness
◾️ Manifestations of difficulty
◾️ Reasons for resistance
◾️ Some tips on encouraging independence
◾️ Signs of progress
◾️ The value of community
◾️ The temptation to cop out
◾️ Successful separation
The process of educating yourself about what your visually-impaired family member, friend or colleague needs you to know can be as empowering for you as it is for her. Say goodbye to guilt and start expanding your interests into new areas. This book will show you how!
Available on : Amazon

Profoundly Important Insights”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Missy Richmond

I’m blown away by how true to life this book is. As a blind person, I can say that this book hits every nail on the head. It really IS what we want you to know. I’m recommending it to those in my life who just don’t understand me.

I didn’t start losing my sight until I was 35: 8 years ago. I have a very rare genetic eye disease known as Stargardt Disease. My vision has deteriorated to blindness rapidly. I was a Dental Hygienist for 15+ years when diagnosed and fiercely independent. That all changed when my vision dropped. I’ve struggled hard trying to figure out who I am in this different and often frustrating world. It’s an ongoing battle. What I do know is that my family still treat me as if I were sighted. No matter how I try to explain things, it doesn’t stick. For instance: even though I’ve used a straight cane for years now, they forget that only leaves me with 1 free hand/arm to use. They constantly ignore it, frustrating me to tears sometimes. Within a few pages of Hunt’s book, I knew she was someone who understood me…REALLY understood me. Not only that, but she has such a profound way with words, I knew quickly that her book would help my family understand me. What a gift she has given both the blind and sighted.

For those reading this who are themselves Vision Impaired (VI), I urge you to own this book. It really helps explain us to the sighted people who love us. I was amazed with how many of my own thoughts and questions appeared in the book. So many things I long for my family to understand about my life are all in there. I even cried in a few spots. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to Leanne Hunt for writing and publishing the book. I feel her book is going to facilitate better relationships between me and my family. I have several VI friends that I’m recommending this book to immediately. I cannot express in mere words how relevant and needed ‘What Every Blind Person Needs You To Know’ is. If you’re reading this as a sighted person, please urge your VI friend or family member to also purchase the book. Yes, it’s a phenomenal book for those that care about a VI person in their lives, but it’s exponentially insightful to those of us VI/blind. I just simply can’t say enough wonderful things about Hunt’s book. No matter what I say, it will never measure up to the importance and expertly written ‘What Every Blind Person Needs You To Know’. I really do urge you to get a copy and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

About the Author

Leanne Hunt is a Johannesburg-based fiction and self-help writer, specialising in helping sighted people better understand and cater for their blind companions.

The loss of her sight through early-onset macular degeneration has presented her with many challenges, but it also gives her a unique outlook on life. Her interests include psychology, spirituality and travel.

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