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The Blindness Revolution : Jernigan in His Own Words - James H Omvig

The Blindness Revolution

Jernigan in His Own Words

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781593113308
Number Of Pages: 504

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This book recounts the dramatic story of the transformation of the Iowa Commission for the Blind from a verifiably ineffective service agency to perhaps the most outstanding and effective adult service program in the nation in the span of 10 short years. What happened in Iowa was revolutionary, and the character of work with the blind in America and around the world was altered forever - the alternative civil rights - based service model worked. Using Kenneth Jernigan's own writings of Board meeting minutes, reports, and letters, I present the details of the remarkable story from an activist's point of view.

The problem and the solutionp. 1
Jernigan : the man, the revolutionistp. 9
Courtesy and good manners : from humble beginningsp. 25
"Vision," timing, and risk-takingp. 45
Knowledge of and commitment to an agency "defined philosophy"p. 73
The vision remains, but plans change : flexibility, ingenuity, and perserverancep. 97
An apparent death Knell for the new program : optimism, determination, and resolvep. 129
Resilience, ability to strategize, and prescience : dreams and drudgeryp. 157
Compassion, knowledge of the political process, and communication skillsp. 187
Determination, conviction, and the empowerment motive : washing dishes and other such tidbitsp. 209
Compromise, personal involvement, and meeting challenges : more Erbe anticsp. 237
An inevitable conflict : civil rights versus institutionalized ignorancep. 269
Trustworthiness and the calm after the stormp. 315
Recognition, discrimination, foreign visitors, and, oh yes, Iverson departsp. 351
More growth and more optimism : the vending program, state civil service, governmental reorganization, job offers for Jernigan, and the revolution expands beyond Iowa's bordersp. 379
The visioning extends to federal food service opportunities, state civil service, governmental reorganization, and blatant discriminationp. 415
A hero in history : the revolution is validatedp. 447
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ISBN: 9781593113308
ISBN-10: 1593113307
Series: Critical Concerns in Blindness
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.7