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The Virtue of Giving Up: Growing Up Blind and Autistic

Author: Judith Anne Dent

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN 10: 1504376803
ISBN 13: 978-1504376808

This is the story of Judith Dent, a girl growing up in the middle of the last century, completely blind as well as autistic, at a time when few people had even heard of autism. Judy, in her own words, was “a child who could lie on the floor and scream until she turned blue from the sheer desperation of realizing she was different, not only from sighted children, but from other blind children.” Her family—including a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia—was unequipped and overwhelmed. Schools had no idea how to deal with her. How is it possible that Judith survived her early years, multiple suicide attempts and hospitalizations, finally achieving success—as a woman and wife living in her own home and as a PhD graduate? She lacked sight, but she brought to her writings here an extraordinary “eye” and memory for detail that make it almost possible for the reader to experience her world and understand how she did it.