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Born at the right time

Author: R C McCallum
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Blind since birth, Ron regards himself as fortunate to have been born at a time when ever improving technology has enabled him to live a rich and full life, and to become a professor of law at one of Australia's most prestigious universities. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: R C McCallum
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R C McCallum
ISBN: 9781760875015 1760875015
OCLC Number: 1107631237
Notes: "A memoir"--Cover.
Description: 226 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Less than auspicious beginnings --
Early school years, discovering Beethoven and playing cricket --
A normal high school, and the magic of tape recorders --
The boy goes to law school --
Studying overseas, and being helped by prisoners --
Learning to be a law teacher --
Dinner parties, and the world outside academia --
Performing superhuman acts, and rediscovering spirituality --
Losing my beloved mother, and falling in love with Mary --
Marriage --
Becoming a father --
Assistive technology, new futures and painful pasts --
Independence --
A professor in Sydney --
The United Nations --
Later on --
Epilogue : the colour blue.
Responsibility: Professor Ron McCallum.

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Blind since birth, Ron regards himself as fortunate to have been born at a time when ever improving technology has enabled him to live a rich and full life, and to become a professor of law at one of Australia's most prestigious universities. 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.

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