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Born at the right time : a memoir

Author: R C McCallum
Publisher: Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron's mother had other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as possible. In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: R C McCallum
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R C McCallum
ISBN: 9781760870416 1760870412
OCLC Number: 1107044222
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; About the author; Author's thanks; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; 1 Less than Auspicious Beginnings; 2 Early School Years, Discovering Beethoven and Playing Cricket; 3 A Normal High School, and the Magic of Tape Recorders; 4 The Boy Goes to Law School; 5 Studying Overseas, and Being Helped by Prisoners; 6 Learning to Be a Law Teacher; 7 Dinner Parties, and the World outside Academia; 8 Performing Superhuman Acts, and Rediscovering Spirituality; 9 Losing My Beloved Mother, and Falling in Love with Mary; 10 Marriage; 11 Becoming a Father 12 Assistive Technology, New Futures and Painful Pasts13 Independence; 14 A Professor in Sydney; 15 The United Nations; 16 Later on; Pic section; Epilogue: The Colour Blue; Acknowledgements; Further Reading
Responsibility: Professor Ron McCallum.

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Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron's mother had other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as possible. In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more, becoming a professor of law at a prestigious university, and chairing a committee at the United Nations. Ron's glass is always half full. He has taken advantage of every new assistive technology and is in awe of what is now available to allow him and other blind people to realise their potential. His is a life richly lived, by a man who remains open to all people from all walks of life.'Ron McCallum's life story is both fascinating and inspiring.' - Julian Morrow, The Chaser 'A moving book on the life of a brilliant man who often "saw" the needs of our world more clearly than the sighted people around him.' - The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Past Justice of the High Court of Australia 'In this warm, wise and witty memoir, he makes us see his remarkable life.' Deborah Glass OBE, Victorian Ombudsman 'Ron has lived through a period of major changes in society, technology and the lives of people with disabilities. His description of his life full of challenges and his many successes is inspiring.' Maryanne Diamond AO, former President of the World Blind Union

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