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Vladimir Putin

Pearson, Sir Arthur

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The gallant men who with courage, resolution and determination are learning or have learned to be blind under the speaker's care at St. Dunstan's, a generic term for a group of establishments. The original house of St. Dunstan's. Armistice Day at St. Dunstan's. The education at St. Dunstan's. Teaching men to be blind. A glance into the classrooms at St. Dunstan's. Learning Braille, typewriting, shorthand writing. Original skepticism as to the ability of a blind shorthand-typewriter by the business men of London who now ask for them. The workshops where massage is taught; another success story with initial opposition. Some salary figures. Trade workshops where the men learn a variety of trades: carpentry, cobbling, basket-making, art working, etc., with illustration. Other industries which are learned, such as poultry farming. Details about the carpentry and joinery programmes, which are absolutely new industries for blind people. A word about blind girls, a neglected group to whom the speaker and his colleagues want to turn their attention. The work of the Ladies' Association connected with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in this regard. Teaching blind soldiers to play as well as to work. Some operational details of the system at St. Dunstan's. Reasons for St. Dunstan's success. Examples of success in Toronto as well as in England. A personal anecdote from the speaker, who is also blind. The far-reaching ideals of St. Dunstan's, and the hope that they will have world-wide influence.