[nfbwatlk] FW: [Nfbnet-master-list] FW: Open the sighted world's eyes for the holidays

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Tue Nov 5 17:47:14 UTC 2013



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Donna Hill, a longtime NFB member and blind author has published a book recommended by Debbie Stein and Jerry Whittle and Robert Leslie Newman, 

From: Donna W. Hill [ mailto:dwhill at epix.net <mailto:dwhill at epix.net> ] 
Sent: Saturday, November 02, 2013 6:25 PM
To: Donna W. Hill
Subject: Open the sighted world's eyes for the holidays
Ever wish you could do something to make sighted people just get it? What would it take to create a quantum shift in the level of fear, pity, low expectations and negativity regularly displayed by the sighted world? Try giving them a good story for the holidays, like The Heart of Applebutter Hill by Donna W. Hill. 
An adventure-mystery for general audiences, it features a 14-year-old legally blind heroine. The Heart of Applebutter Hill is not a "coming-to-terms-with-blindness story." The adventure could have happened to a sighted kid. If the author, who was born legally blind, had been willing to write blindness out of the story, she wouldn't have had to self-publish it.
The Heart of Applebutter Hill has received recommendations from professionals in the fields of education, rehabilitation and the arts as a valuable resource for diversity-inclusivity and anti-bullying initiatives in colleges and secondary schools. Recommenders include Louisiana School for the Blind Braille teacher and author Jerry Whittle, NFB Writers' Division President and Chair of the NFB's Communications Committee Robert Leslie Newman, Future Reflections editor and novelist Deborah Kent Stein and web accessibility expert Dr. Brian Wentz. You can read their comments at:
Gingerbread-style pond shelter with blooming pin cherry tree: p
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and you have a great opportunity to influence public opinion, support a blind author and share an exciting adventure-mystery. The proceeds from The Heart of Applebutter Hill provide Braille books for blind students. 
Throughout history, from Uncle Tom's Cabin and Oliver Twist to Roots & Children of a Lesser God, fiction has played a major role in enlightening the general public about social justice issues.,. The privacy and intimacy inherent in reading will provide a safe place for people to confront their own prejudice and to develop an intuitive understanding that blind people have valuable and unpredictable contributions to make in all aspects of life, as employees, students, co-workers, citizens and friends.
Below is information on print, eBook and accessible versions, along with a brief author bio. Please share this any way you can, and tell us what you think at:


Accessible Versions

          Book cover shows cave scene with stalactites reflected in water

Accessible versions of The Heart of Applebutter Hill for readers with print disabilities:

Print Versions

Available in print from Amazon:
7 eBook versions including .epub (Blio, Apple, etc), .mobi (Kindle), .pdf & .rtf are available from Smashwords:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-heart-of-applebutter-hill-donna-w-hill/1115426305?ean=2940016415000 <http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-heart-of-applebutter-hill-donna-w-hill/1115426305?ean=2940016415000&itm=1&usri=2940016415000> &itm=1&usri=2940016415000 

Author Bio


          Donna with Hunter, her black Lab, in her lap: photo by Rich Hil

Singer-songwriter, recording artist and writer Donna W. Hill, who now  lives in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains, spent over twenty years providing school assemblies and other programs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She received awards for her songs and many recommendations from public, Catholic and Quaker schools, universities and other groups. 

>From 2007 through 2012, Hill wrote articles for online magazines and other publications about everything from accessibility issues and Braille literacy to music, chocolate and knitting. As a volunteer publicist for various NFB divisions, she has placed stories about exceptional blind people and the issues they face in newspapers and other media throughout the country. Her articles and memoirs have appeared in mainstream books including Richard Singer's Now, Embracing the Present Moment (O-Books, 2011) and Dawn Colclasure's On the Wings of Pink Angels -inspiration & hope from breast cancer survivors (2012). Her work has also been published in disability-related publications such as Behind Our Eyes, Slate & Style and the Braille Monitor.

-- The Heart of Applebutter Hill - a novel on a mission:
http://DonnaWHill.com <http://donnawhill.com/> 

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