Subject: Press Release
Please forward this press release and attached PDF flier to all in the disability community, all dog lovers, and all who enjoy reading storiesof Success and hope! TWO PLUS FOUR EQUALS ONEKathy Nimmer, Writer/Editor PO Box 3075, West Lafayette, IN 47996 http://www.servicedogstories.com kathy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Press Release For Immediate Release November 19, 2010 Announcing the publication of Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs! Teacher and writer Kathy Nimmer has written and edited this inspiring anthology of true stories and poems from around the world, just in timefor the holidays! ABOUT THE BOOKTrue, vibrant, honest, and emotional, eliciting compassion, joy, sorrow, and love, promoting understanding, acceptance, awareness, and hope. Two Plus Four Equals One offers over 100 stories and poems written by or about men, women, and children, all either with disabilities or connected to people who have disabilities. Joining them are Labradors, German Shepherds, Poodles, Papillons, Goldens, Shelties, Chihuahuas, and many other breeds, all trained to assist their disabled handlers. From blindness to deafness, from mobility issues to psychiatric needs, from diabetes to autism, the array of disabilities showcased in this unforgettable book is as vast as the tasks performed by the canine partners. This book highlights the strength, competence, and potential of both the human and canine participants in an alliance where neither partner is perfect but both together add up to an equation where two hands/feet/eyes/ears plus four paws equals one magical union.PURPOSE AND REACHAttention to assistance dogs is growing in todays society. However, people are largely unaware of how these dogs work and what tasks they perform. This book offers an educational inroad through the power of personal narrative. There is also a great need for inspiration and hope these days, something to warm the heart and lift the spirit. Love for dogs is fundamental in our society. These writings of triumph, teamwork, humor, success, and love will warm hearts and encourage hope in readers. They will come away with a new confidence in the human spirit to overcome obstacles and the canine spirit to step into a role of support in ways never before imagined or understood. People with disabilities are often segregated from the public at large. Because of issues with transportation, communication, and unfair judgments, many disabled people are isolated, unemployed, and underutilized. While this book illuminates the working partnership between assistance dogs and people with disabilities, it also refutes longstanding, unhealthy misperceptions about disability. ABOUT THE WRITER/EDITOR Kathy Nimmer is an award-winning teacher, author, and motivational speaker from West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2006, she won first place in the Helen Keller International Memoir Competition and published a book of poetry called Minutes in the Dark, Eternity in the Light. She received the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, is a two-time recipient of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, earned National Board Certification in 2003, and was presented with the Golden Apple in 1998. In 2009, she was named a Lilly Distinguished Fellow, giving her the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream, the fulfillment of which is Two Plus Four Equals One. Blind due to a rare retinal disease, Nimmer teaches sophomore English and creative writing at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana.Learn more and order your copy at http://www.servicedogstories.com
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