Parental views toward children with blindness- Ethiopia

The following 97 page thesis was written and posted online by Fisseha Zelalem toward the requirements of an M.A. in Special Needs Education at Addis Ababa University. 

THE ATTITUDES OF PARENTS TOWARDS THEIR BLIND CHILDREN: A CASE STUDY IN BAHIR DAR TOWN

To access: http://etd.aau.edu.et/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1078/1/Fisseha%20Zelalem.pdf 

Ethiopia is an Oriental Orthodox country. Bahir Dar Town has an Ethiopian Orthodox monastery. Orthodox Christian perspectives are discussed in the thesis on pp. 9-10.

Here is what one (apparently) non-Orthodox Christian, Michael Rooney, says about the dedication of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians he observed:

“The devout nature of the Ethiopian people is unlike anything I have ever seen. I have never committed/dedicated myself to anything (except maybe the Steelers) nearly as much as the people of Lalibela have dedicated themselves to their faith.”

http://ethiopianexperience.blogspot.com/2011/04/history-religion-and-community.html

Read his entire account (which also includes his time in Bahir Dar Town): http://ethiopianexperience.blogspot.com/ (source of picture)

A very brief testimony by an Orthodox Christian from Bahar Dar Town: http://saintmichelchurch.multiply.com/journal 

Useful for searching the thesis:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:2MTBPC6PoDoJ:etd.aau.edu.et/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1078/1/Fisseha%2520Zelalem.pdf+%22Orthodox+Christian%22+disability+OR+disabilities+OR+handicapped+-%22arms+open+wide%22&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShM101sw4L4MNqisjezEixbepkiNt-q37-Esvf-PLBnriqzbdju_i8JNOfVdeuKjMV5-ya_rTBlDeoiESgVCON8_4hfeXOtrsfytGpDrheVdV49MLkNKZWpSs7-f5f3p_e3QwjX&sig=AHIEtbRolR3VVpynqjwjGKNaPppWM3TJzA

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