The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for E (Paperback)
How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for E
Harvard Education PR, 9781612501093, 200pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2011
"You should get out of education."
That was the advice first-year teacher Bill Henderson received when he discovered he was gradually losing his vision. Instead, Henderson persevered and became principal of the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School in Boston, an ethnically and economically diverse school where about a third of the students have mild, moderate, or significant disabilities.
In The Blind Advantage, Henderson describes how the journey into blindness helped him develop key qualities--determination, vision, sensitivity, organization, collaboration, and humor--that made him a more effective principal. At the same time, he shows how the inclusionary policies and practices at the O'Hearn School (now renamed the William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School) elicited and developed these qualities in others.
An audio version of this book is available for purchase. This audio version was created in collaboration with the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library.