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Unit 5 Darkness at Noon. Designer: Joy Liu. Activity One The Visual Handicap. Activity Two Bias & Discrimination. Activity One Things We Got to Learn About the Visual Handicap. Harold Krents Braille Blind Celebrities. About the Author. Harold Krents is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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unit 5 darkness at noon

Unit 5Darkness at Noon

Designer: Joy Liu

activity one the visual handicap
Activity OneThe Visual Handicap

Activity TwoBias & Discrimination

about the author
About the Author
  • Harold Krents is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
  • He was also a strong advocate for the rights of the handicapped through his entire life.
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About the Author
  • Darkness at Noonwritten by H.K. was appreciated in textbooks of many countries. This article was first released on The New York Times, May 26, 1976.
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About the Author
  • To Race the Wind(1980) was a film based on Krents’ autobiography. It offers the story of the free-spirited, girl-chasing Krents as he attempts to achieve to be as normal as others in the sighted world. This film has inspired many unsighted youths.


  • Braille was first developed in 1824 by a 15 year old French student named Louis Braille, who was blind but wanted a better way to read and write.

Louis Braille (1809-1852)

home.t-online.de/ home/bsvsa/publi.htm

braille is created with six raised dots to stand for each english alphabet
Braille is created with six raised dots to stand for each English alphabet


braille for
Braille for


guess what this braille means
Guess what this braille means?


For Your Reference


more facts
More Facts
  • People use their fingertips to read braille.
  • The average braille reading speed is about 125 words per minute.

www.dolphinuk.co.uk/ products/supernova.htm

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More Facts
  • With the aid of braille, unsighted people can read music, play cards and other games, ride elevators, read books and even surf the internet.


blind celebrities
Blind Celebrities

Can you name any blind celebrities in history or at our times?

Helen Keller

Stevie Wonder

how about in taiwan
How about in Taiwan?
  • 蕭煌奇
  • A brilliant singer, music producer and judo player.
  • Born in 1976, Taipei.


blind celebrity stevie wonder
BlindCelebrity—Stevie Wonder
  • An African-American Rock-en-Roll star.
  • The most influential Black Music artist over the last 4 decades in US.
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BlindCelebrity—Stevie Wonder
  • He’s been generous in offering his services as a writer, producer, singer and musician to other performers.
enjoy stevie s music
Enjoy Stevie’s Music !

I just called to say I love you…

Click to hear the music



The following are a series of questions about the concepts you’ve just learned from Harold Krents’ essay.

You can try to answer them in class or write down your opinions.


This one is kind of tough!

  • People tend to have bias or discrimination toward those who are different from us or those whom we are not familiar with. For example, biases or discriminations toward the handicapped, Africans, Asians, aboriginals, homosexuals, immigrants,

This is question is optional.

the elders, female capacity in working field, etc..

What can we do to eliminate those unreasonable biases?

Try to think about it or share your viewpoints with the class.

extended reading
Extended Reading
  • http://www.mhhe.com/primis/catalog/pcatalog/D10-1.htm?http://www.mhhe.com/primis/catalog/pcatalog/CLUSE-TH.htm
  • This website offers various novels about bias and discrimination on certain aspects of human societies. Many of them are worth reading and the issues raised there are worth thinking.