Blindingly Obvious - Minnie Baragwanath

Blindingly Obvious - Minnie Baragwanath

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Blindingly Obvious will become the first New Zealand book to be published in multiple formats for all New Zealanders and the first published in both te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

About the book

This is the moving story of a woman who, throughout her life, has refused to be defined by what others think she can or cannot do.

Minnie Baragwanath was diagnosed, at the age of 15, with a congenital condition that left her legally blind.  However, she did not meekly accept the limitations  that blindness might have imposed on her: instead,  she dug in her heels and set about improving not only her own life but also the lives of all New Zealanders  with access needs.

The dramatic events of Minnie’s life – losing her sight, being admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Japan at 19, becoming a television presenter, participating in the New York Marathon, surviving life-threatening illnesses, founding and leading innovative organisations, receiving prestigious awards (including the New Zealand Order of Merit) – are related in vivid detail. Minnie looks candidly at both her challenges and her triumphs, giving the reader the opportunity to share her exceptional experiences.

This book has the potential to change our views of what ‘disability’ means. Minnie’s far-reaching ideas on how our society could be transformed – to everyone’s benefit – are not just intellectual speculations: they are based on her experiences, and on those of the many people with disability with whom she has worked.

There is a growing demand for information about ‘diversity and inclusion’. This book, with its keen insight into what it means to be in meaningful relationship ‘with’ one another, and in particular how we as a society choose to relate to leaders and pioneers of a more progressive world, breaks new ground on those subjects.

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