Would You Hire a Blind Woman to Design Your Web Site?

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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.” In Liberation: One Writer’s Adventures and Misadventures on the Digital Playground, Sarah Mankowski reveals how computers and the Internet provided mobility, expanding opportunities for expression. Look for Sarah at Book Expo America in Chicago, June 4, 5, 6. Please contact in advance to arrange an interview. “Yes, people actually pay this legally blind gal to design web sites. As I like to say, I have to design web sites because I don’t know enough about baseball to become an umpire.” –Sarah Mankowski

— Sarah Mankowski represents the fourth generation born with cataracts in her family. She also inherited a burning desire for self-expression that could not be extinguished despite many obstacles. Now, in Liberation: One Writer’s Adventures and Misadventures on the Digital Playground, she reveals how computers and the Internet provided mobility, expanding opportunities for expression. In this collection of essays Mankowski shares her enthusiasm for digital publishing and web design, drawn from experiences as writer, mentor, and owner/editor of WordThunder.com.    

“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 dare to dream that one day I could sit at my desk and converse with the world?” Recognizing the potential of the Internet, Sarah taught herself web design and programming. She founded WordThunder.com, a resource site for writers publishing and promoting online. In 2003 Writer’s Digest named the site among the 101 best for writers.

“How privileged I am to live at this moment and in this place at a time when technology is ever expanding the realm of the possible, and in a country where a girl can start with nothing and still summon the tools to design her own destiny. May it always be so. May we always encourage innovation, creativity and hope.”

Autographed copies of Liberation: One Writer’s Adventures and Misadventures on the Digital Playground by Sarah Mankowski, $9.95, 156 pages, ISBN: 0974526800 are available from http://wordthunder.com/books/ Librarians, educators and non-profit organizations, please visit the publisher’s website for information about special discounts.

Download media kit at http://wordthunder.com/books/ The kit includes links to sites designed by Sarah Mankowski.

Look for Sarah at Book Expo America in Chicago, June 4, 5, 6. Please contact in advance to arrange an interview.

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