Traveling Blind: Life Lessons from Unlikely Teachers
by Laura Fogg
Published: November 1, 2007
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2013 GLOBAL EBOOKS AWARDS
For 35 years, Laura Fogg has brought the gift of movement and independence to visually impaired and multi-handicapped children in rural Mendocino County. For 35 years she has driven the winding, redwood scented back roads from student to student, from sun-blazed valley to fog-shrouded coast, in all weathers and all seasons. In this memoir chronicling her journey along the roads and through her students’ lives, Laura shares the abundant challenges and delights in her life’s work and reveals the incredible lessons her students have taught her — about patience, hope, doubt, loss, control, judgement and, ultimately, joy.
Laura Fogg has worked as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor for the Blind since 1971. With the exception of student teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area, her entire career has been in Mendocino County, on California’s north coast. She pioneered the use of the white cane with blind students who are very young or who have multiple impairments, and has presented her techniques at a state conference of the CA Association of Orientation & Mobility Specialists. She received a BA from the University of California in Berkeley and an M.A. at San Francisco State University. She is also a nationally acclaimed visual artist, and has written articles for trade magazines. This is her first book.
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