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It's Easier to Dance: Living Beyond Boundaries Paperback – Large Print, July 26, 2010
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Written in the vein of Maya Angelou, Harris' absorbing story encourages us all to look the exterior and speak in our own voice. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Author Annie L. Harris is the oldest member of her ethnicity living independently with cerebral palsy. She has been a lifelong advocate for women living on the margins of society and has over forty years of experience as a disability rights activist.
She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a master’s degree in counselor education and worked as a clinician with the chemically dependent. In 1990, Harris was recruited to become a member of the management team at the prestigious World Institute on Disability as part of the first HIV/Disability Project.
She continues to challenge societal stereotypes of those with disabilities, working to see that higher education institutions and employers follow federal laws and regulations.
It’s Easier to Dance was written to educate, encourage, and inspire others who live with complex, chronic health conditions that carry a distinct social stigma.
For more information, please visit annie-facingchallenges.blogspot.com.
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It was not a lengthy read, but it was worth reading. Very little has been written on this subject, and especially from the first person point of view. The book is very enlightening and an encouragement to anyone who has felt themselves to be disadvantaged in any way.
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All in all the book is easy to read and interesting. I'd suggest that its value, in particular, would be exceptional for young teens who are struggling with narcissistic issues and finding avenues to empathy, who are in need of a way to step outside of their own lives and see the world differently. The author provides a way to do that and it's based on struggle and some heartache, to be sure, but also hope and growth and accomplishment. Kudos to the author for her perseverance.
Who should read this book? I might say if you work with or care about someone with a disability, this book offers wonderful insights and raises important issues. That would be a true, but far too narrow, recommendation. Read this book if you feel maybe you stand a bit on the sidelines of life. Are you longing for a more full and vibrant engagement with the world?l Read this book and more fully join the dance.