About the Book
Understanding and Coping with Achromatopsia

This 160-page, spiral bound book, first published in 1998 and revised in 2004, presents a substantial amount of helpful and interesting information pertaining to achromatopsia. This is a very useful book not only for individuals and families who are affected by this rare vision disorder but also for vision care professionals, special education teachers, counselors, and other professionals who work with the visually impaired. The information that is included in this book was gathered in various ways, including input from numerous individuals affected by achromatopsia, library research, and consultations with specialists in different fields. The author, Frances Futterman, has complete achromatopsia.

Following are titles from the Table of Contents page of the current edition of Understanding and Coping with Achromatopsia:

The book, Understanding and Coping with Achromatopsia is NOT in print at the present time. To accommodate those who need to read this very important book, I am making a copy of it available in PDF format.

Before downloading this book, you must agree to the following: that the book is for your own personal use and that it is not to be reprinted for sale or for distribution. You may print a copy for yourself, a relative, a teacher, your doctor, or any other individual who is directly concerned with achromatopsia.

If you wish to have a bound copy of this book, take the PDF file to a copy center that has a Xerox DocuTech printer. For a fee, the copy center will print a copy of the book, with the pages back to back. Ask that the print setting be made as light as possible so that the type does not become bloated in appearance. For an additional fee at the copy center you can purchase front and back covers for the book (I recommend 110LB card stock but most copy centers can only provide 60LB card stock, which is adequate). I also recommend spiral binding of the completed book, as this allows it to be opened and read more easily than other binding methods allow. Most pages have 1/2" margins, which allow for binding while allowing maximum space for text. If you find that sample pages from the DocuTech printer do not have this margin width, have the technician adjust his machine.

A printed copy of the book can also be stored and read in a standard 3-ring binder after the pages have been punched to fit the 3-ring binder.

 If you have access to a good PostScript laser printer that can print duplex pages (pages back to back), you can also print this PDF file very quickly on such a printer, later binding the book as you wish. Again, the pages should have 1/2" margins. If they do not, check Acrobat Reader print settings and adjust them until you get the 1/2" margins desired.

The copyright of this book remains with the author, Frances Futterman. This book is NOT to be distributed in any fashion which violates the user agreement stated above.

To download a copy of Understanding and Coping with Achromatopsia click on the following link: Understanding and Coping with Achromatopsia.