Sabriye Tenberken

emancipator of the blind


Reading

Read about Sabriye Tenberken in the World People's Blog to learn about this amazing woman's life and work.
Also, take a look at the Wikipedia page about Tibetan Braille to see what the Tibetan Braille alphabet looks like.

Next, read this article in Braille without Borders

Vocabulary

While reading the articles, make not of 20 new vocabulary words that you have found. Copy (cut and paste) the sentences where you found them and look up the definition of each word. Bring your list to class, where you will share them with a partner.

Did you notice some unusual spellings? The spellings of "realised," "organised" and "learnt" are British English spellings. World People's Blog is an international forum that uses British English.

Compare your word list with the following. Write definitions for the ones that are not on your list (you may have to look them up).
impaired
retinal
indifference
hostility
radiate
insatiably
degenerative
congenital
underprivileged
embark
stigma
spectacularly
crisscross
forbidding
plateau
kayak
infuse
artifacts
captivated
script
officialdom
ophthalmologist
run around
paramedic
deficiency
horseback
vermin
horrified
plight
vocational
nomads
dismayed


Fill in the chart with the word forms of all the vocabulary words that you had to look up:

NOUNVERBADJECTIVE ADVERB
. . . e t c . . .


Discussion Questions

1. How did Sabriye Tenberken loose her sight?



2. What did her parents do for her?



3. How did Tenberken become captivated by Tibet?



4. Why did the Chnese government official tell her there were no blind people in eastern Tibet?



5. Why were so many blind children locked up and neglected?







Writing Topics

Choose one of the following essay topics:

1. Different societies treat people with disabilities differently. What are the factors that affect how a society treats its disabled citizens?

2. What does Tenberken mean when she says, "You donít need sight to have vision." What is "vision?" Why is it an important part of Tenberken's success?



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