I Raise My Eyes to Say Yes

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Ruth Sienkiewicz-Mercer was born in 1950. She has never spoken a word; never walked, never fed herself, never combed her own hair. Trapped in a body that is functionally useless, her mind works perfectly. This is her story. Absorbing and heartbreaking, it was written with the collaboration of Ruth's friend, Steven Kaplan. Without any self pity Ruth recounts her early childhood with a loving family and some happy years at a rehabilitation center, then virtual incarceration at the notorious Belchertown State School in Massachusetts. After 16 years she was released and now she enjoys a life of purpose and personal triumph. I Raise My Eyes to Say Yes will permanently alter your perception of the severely disabled and it will inspire you with the extraordinary power of love, thought, and the human spirit.

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a 1991 winner of the Christopher Award along with Driving Miss Daisy.

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I.WANT.TEACH.PEOPLE. Since the book was published I have given many speeches and presentations to all sorts of groups in many different cities. My favorite audiences have been the smaller groups and workshops with college students. In the future I want to reach teachers of the disabled and teachers of the people who provide care to the disabled -- those who will teach doctors, teachers and direct care personnel. I hope to continue teaching as many people as possible about the lessons to be learned from my life.

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