About "It's Easier to Dance"

It’s Easier to Dance, a memoir, by Annie Laurie Harris, a woman of African-American Heritage, born with cerebral palsy, depicts the highlights, turning points and crossroads of her life while living with a complex, mult-faceted disability.  Cerebral Palsy is a neurological birth defect that can impair the function of any part of the brain. In her case, her brilliant intellect exists concurrently with lack of muscle coordination and significant speech impairment as well as difficulty in swallowing and performing everyday tasks.  Ms. Harris tells in detail of the struggle to learn to take care of herself, earn professional credentials, work in profit and non-profit organizations, and become a contributing member of her community.  Her vast experience and engaging personality jump of the pages as you read the compelling account of the highlights of her active life.


The persistence, patience, courage and attitude that it takes those of us with socially stigmatized disabilities to live our lives is worthy of respect and admiration.  The desire to live in full integration with our able-bodied peers has been recognized as a civil right by our government and still there are those who behave as if "handicap parking" and public transportation are favors granted, instead of laws that were fought for by those with disabilities and the able-bodied who support such equality.

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About the Author:

Annie Laurie Harris,  the oldest one of her ethnicity who lives independently, was born with cerebral palsy. She has defied the odds and challenged the medical prognosis since early childhood. She continues to live a full and active life in her 6th decade. After achieving her Master's Degree at Penn State University in 1985 she worked as a counselor and advocate for those with a history of chemical dependency. In 1990, she was recruited by the prestigious World Institute of Disability to be the Assistant Director of the first HIV/Disability Project. Her grant writing expertise is second to none as private foundations funded her innovative research projects again and again. Since returning to her home state of PA where she lives near her beloved alma mater, Ms. Harris continues to be involved in her community and avidly supports the Penn State athletic program. Once again,her love of writing helps to supplement her income. Her groundbreaking memoirs, It's Easier to Dance, is provocative and thought provoking.

Interview with Annie Laurie Harris



Annie Laurie Harris, the author of It’s Easier to Dance, has written an engaging memoir of growing up in the 1960’s and overcoming prejudices of being an Afro- American woman, born with cerebral palsy. Ms. Harris graduated from Penn State with a Masters degree in Education and became an overwhelming success working with alcoholics, those with HIV, and physical disabilities. Let’s welcome Annie Laurie Harris.










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