It's Easier to Dance
Annie Laurie Harris
Annie Laurie Harris
About the Book . . .
It's Easier to Dance, a memoir, by Annie Laurie Harris, a woman of African American Heritage, born with cerebral palsy, depicts the highlights, turning points and crossroads of her life while living with a complex, disability. Cerebral palsy is a neurologicalbirth defect that can impair the function of any part of the brain. In her case, her brilliant intellect exists concurrently with lack of muscle coordination and significant speech impairment as well as difficulty in swallowing and performing everyday tasks. Ms. Harris tells in detail of the struggle to learn to take care of herself, earn professional credentials, work in profit and non-profit organizations, and becoming a contributing member of her community.
About the Author . . .
Annie Laurie Harris, the oldest one of her ethnicity who lives independently, was born with cerebral palsy. She has defied the odds and challenged the medical prognosis since early childhood. She continues to live a full and active life in her 6th decade. After achieving her Master's Degree at Penn State University in 1985 she worked as a counselor and advocate for those with a history of chemical dependency. In 1990, she was recruited by the prestigious World Institute of Disability to be the Assistant Director of the first HIV/Disability Project. Her grant writing expertise is second to none as private foundations funded her innovative research projects again and again. Since returning to her home state of PA where she lives near her beloved alma mater, Ms. Harris continues to be involved in her community and avidly supports the Penn State athletic program. Once again,her love of writing helps to supplement her income. Her groundbreaking memoirs, It's Easier to Dance, is provocative and thought provoking.
"It's Easier to Dance" by Annie Laurie Harris
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Reader Review . . .
It's Time to Dance is the autobiography/memoir of Annie Laurie Harris. Her lifelong struggle with cerebral palsy is an inspiring story and a reminder to never give up, in spite of your problems. Born in the 1940s, she grew up in a time that was not only before the Americans with Disabilities Act, but before the Civil Rights victories of the 1960s and 1970s. She fought to be enrolled as a college student when special needs students were not welcome.
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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