New book to chronicle memoirs of blind people

November 7, 2016 by  

The Louisville Story Program and the Kentucky School for the Blind have teamed up to allow blind authors to publish their memoirs, outlining their experiences with blindness and the discrimination and struggles that they have faced.

Matthew Caudill, one of the authors involved in the project, became interested in writing a memoir when the Louisville Story Program came to the Kentucky School for the Blind in search of students who were interested in sharing their experiences. In the book, he writes about his life in Viper, Kentucky, his struggles as a visually impaired person, discovering friends at the Kentucky School for the blind, and interviewing his father.

Writing the book has helped Caudill with his confidence. He explained:

“I believe the book helped me when I started the Pathfinder Club at HCTC, because before I would just put up flyers and wait for people who were interested to call me. The book has helped me become more confident when going up to people and asking them stuff.”

Caudill was not the only one who gained something from the project. Joe Manning, Deputy Director of the Louisville Story Program, said:

“I had my own misunderstandings clarified. I learned a lot just by showing up. I’ve never worked with authors who had any disabilities, I hate using that word, but that is the one that we use. I learned a lot, mostly that they can pretty much take care of themselves. I learned a lot and they were very gracious teachers. They are awesome people to work with.”

The book is called We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications from the Kentucky School for the Blind and will be available for purchase on the Louisville Story Program website at LouisvilleStoryProgram.org on November 10.

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