Blind, Disabled Child Prodigy Co-Authors Book with Bestselling Authors, Including Jack Canfield and John Gray

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Shirley Cheng, a blind and physically disabled author and poet of three books by age twenty, has co-authored a self-improvement book with several bestselling authors and top experts, including Jack Canfield, John Gray, Bob Proctor, and Alan Cohen. The book, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2, comprises of articles or short chapter from 101 expert authors to help you achieve a better and happier life in the areas of self-growth, goal setting, motivation, love and relationships, business success, career development, and much more. Autographed copies are available via Shirley's website at http://www.shirleycheng.com

Shirley Cheng (http://www.shirleycheng.com), a blind and physically disabled author and poet of three books by age twenty, has co-authored a self-improvement book with several bestselling authors and top experts, including Jack Canfield, John Gray, Bob Proctor, and Alan Cohen. The book, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2, comprises of articles or short chapter from 101 expert authors to help you achieve a better and happier life in the areas of self-growth, goal setting, motivation, love and relationships, business success, career development, and much more. Autographed copies are available via Shirley's website.

Shirley's article, Dance with Your Heart! How to Befriend Your Heart and the World Around You, gently teaches the reader how to become their own friend, and therefore, the friend of others around them.

"I've made it one of my life's missions to touch as many people as I possibly can to bring humor, hope, and healing," says Shirley, whose personal motto is "A dancing heart teaches true."

Shirley Cheng (b. 1983) was diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at only eleven months old. Due to years of hospitalization, she received no schooling until age eleven. Having achieved grade level in all areas after merely 180 days in a special education class in elementary school, she was transferred to a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.

"Although I'm blind, I can see far and wide; even though I'm disabled, I can climb high mountains," says Shirley. "Let the ropes of hope haul you high!"

Shirley Cheng is the author of Daring Quests of Mystics (ISBN: 1-4116-5664-4), a soothing read to relax the mind, body, and spirit; an empowering 700-page autobiography, The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine: A Young Woman's Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials and Tribulations (ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2); and Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells (ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0), an anthology of inspirational and fantasy short stories (fairy tales, fables, and myths) and poems for the heart from the heart.

She had been published twice before her writing career. One of her short stories, Mary Miller, the Elusive Lady, was published by the Poughkeepsie Journal in 1997, and a poem, The Colors of the Rainbow, was published in Celebrate! New York Young Poets Speak Out in 1999. At the start of the New Year 2006, Shirley tied for 1st place in the national writing contest for Be the Star You Are! founded by New York Times bestselling co-author, TV/radio personality Cynthia Brian. Shirley's winning entry, titled The Jewel from Heavenly Father, is dedicated to her beloved mother Juliet Cheng, the cornerstone and light of her life, and it can be read on Shirley's site, http://www.shirleycheng.com

Shirley is also an advocate of parental rights in children's medical care, and aide/caregiver monitoring and screening for students with special needs and disabled people. As a parental rights advocate, she wants to help today's loving parents protect and keep custody of their children. "When doctors ask yes or no, parents should have the right to say no," says Shirley, who is the survivor of the 1990 five-month internationally broadcast news of mother's custody case against a doctor. Juliet was on CBS This Morning with Paula Zahn.

Shirley promotes aide advocacy for the disabled because she was mistreated and abused by one-to-one aides when she attended school. "The trouble with the uncaring aides actually lies in the authorities," she says. "If they listened to my complaints and kept a close watch on the aides, I wouldn't have gone through all the suffering."

Shirley is available for interviews, book signings, and inspirational events. She has been on over a dozen radio shows, including Cynthia Brian's Be the Star You Are! for three times, The Donna Seebo Show, and Stu Taylor on Business.

On May 1, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. EDT, Shirley will appear live on WSLB 1400 AM with host Dick Wilson to empower thousands of listeners and to bring awareness of serious issues she advocates. She will have a special offer exclusively for the listeners in northern New York. Some of her previous radio shows are archived and available for listening on her site.

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