New Book Explores the Ever-Expanding Opportunities for People With Disabilities in the Digital Age

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To understand a technology, perhaps one should not only hear from the inventors, but also from the individuals whose lives are forever altered.

Sarah Mankowski was born legally blind. As a child she was thought to have learning disabilities. Like the other kids from the project she was regularly called 'white trash' and dismissed as yet another loser to be cared for by the government. Now, in Liberation: One Writer's Adventures and Misadventures on the Digital Playground, Mankowski reveals how none of those experiences could extinguish the creative spark within. She describes how computers and the Internet have given her mobility, providing unimaginable opportunity for expression.

To understand a technology, perhaps one should not only hear from the inventors, but also from the individuals whose lives are forever altered.

"I've always known that it's up to me to make the most of the tools at my disposal," Mankowski says. "Even so, how could I have dared to dream that one day I could sit at my desk and converse with the world? Computers have meant my liberation, have become my vehicle for expression."

In this collection of essays, the author shares her enthusiasm for digital publishing and web design, drawn from experiences as writer, mentor, and owner/editor of WordThunder.com.    

"Many books have been written about the brilliant entrepreneurs and computer geniuses that devised and defined the digital revolution of the '90s," she reflects. "To be sure, my story is a far more modest account, but one that demonstrates the limitless possibilities of our time."

Liberation: One Writer's Adventures and Misadventures on the Digital Playground by Sarah Mankowski—$9.95, ISBN: 0974526800—is available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

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