Social Services: Blind Men Are Made

More than 800 social service organizations and programs seek to help the approximately 1,000,000 blind men, women and children in the United States. According to a devastating and controversial new survey of how the blind are treated, most of these well-intentioned service groups actually encourage a sense of helplessness and dependency on the part of their clients. In The Making of Blind Men (Russell Sage Foundation; $6), Princeton Sociologist Robert A. Scott contends that the agencies have paid far more attention to helping society tuck the social problem of blind people...

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