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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 childRuth 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....

Title : I Raise My Eyes to Say Yes
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ISBN : 9780964461635
Format Type : Unknown Binding
Number of Pages : 233 Pages
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I Raise My Eyes to Say Yes Reviews

  • Sarah Mucci
    2018-12-03 08:06

    I wanted to give this book 3 stars because I thought that it dragged a bit and in terms of a pleasurable read, it fell somewhere in the middle for me. That being said, Ruth was in an intense situation that dragged for HER at times. I can't imagine the boredom that she suffered! So I am elevating my rating to 4 stars because I think this is an important book to pick up and read. Ruth acquired cerebral palsy at a young age and thereafter experienced extremely limited mobility in additional to being nonverbal. She was placed in a state institution since her family felt that they could not take care of her at home. She was deemed severely intellectually disabled by doctors around her and was given horrific "care" at the institution, where she was surrounded by other people with many kinds of severe impairments - intellectual, physical, emotional, and social. Eventually, others realize that she is intelligent and that they have not been seeing her attempts to communicate, and she slowly begins a journey through various techniques of communication.I read some reviews of this book that have said things like: "Those were different times." However, many people are still treated in these ways when they are unable to communicate in typical ways. As an SLP, this is an important book to see the power in communication, and how even simple/low-tech solutions can improve life greatly for nonverbal individuals.

  • Fishface
    2018-11-26 06:02

    The memoir of a woman who lived in institutions most of her life, treated as if she were mentally retarded because of CP that kept her from communicating freely. Tells how she finally managed to get across to someone that she is mentally normal, and how she went from there to building a life with some dignity and freedom. The kind of story that wouldn't be believable if it were a novel. This is how real people live every day.

  • Hanna
    2018-12-04 08:56

    A book that everyone should read, an eye opener that is inspirational and heartbreaking. This book sheds a light on a topic that some people will want to shy away from, this book doesn't shy away from the truth, it is as tragic as it is beautiful. A wonderful book that deals with the harshness of the topic in a poetic and passionate way. Ruth is a true inspiration, everyone should read this book.

  • Laura C. Robb
    2018-11-23 10:03

    I was intrigued by the title and connected with this story in a lot of ways. Ruth was a quadriplegic and had cerebral palsy so she relied on people every day of her life to help her accomplish ordinary tasks. She wrote this book by moving her eyes to answer yes or no questions. She also had word boards. It is crazy what she lived through...being put in a state hospital, etc... A lot of things have changed since then.

  • Susan
    2018-11-12 07:59

    I found this book very inspiring.Ruths strength and perseverance is amazing.Being a caregiver for those who have no communication and one who raises his eyes to say yes I felt it was an important and revealing read.I am glad I can care for truly special people in a good home environment.I hope that having read this book I can do even better in interacting with these wonderful people.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-30 10:04

    Although the story was interesting and pretty much first hand, I found the voice to be almost annoying and the story to drag a little. Granted, the fact that it was written is in itself amazing, but I was left feeling rather underwhelmed. 2.5/5

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-27 08:02

    Wow what a powerful book. It shows how someone who is unable to communicate verbal and thought to have been severely disabled was just hidden inside a shell of a body that didn’t work. (if you are looking for this book it is EXTEREMLY hard to find as it is out of print, but I DO own a copy)

  • Laura
    2018-11-21 13:58

    A little boring, but an inspiring story of someone with severe physical and communication deficits that continues to live an inspiring life, despite a childhood spent in a poorly cared for instituation.

  • E
    2018-12-12 13:58

    I read this when I was around 18ish. Its an autobiography written by a woman with cerebral palsy. Since I only read cheesy romances and fantasy novels at the time I have no idea why I picked it up. But it was really good and really interesting and I'm glad I read it.

  • Colette
    2018-11-20 13:20

    Amazing story of a woman whose physical disabilities led to her life in a state hospital where people thought she was "a vegetable"

  • Jessg
    2018-11-19 12:10

    Excellent book! This book is sad, but has its happy and uplifting moments. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

  • Lie
    2018-12-03 05:56

    mooi boek, geschreven volgens Ruth's aanwijzingen. Moet een hele opgave geweest zijn,maar is echt mooi geworden!

  • Debbie
    2018-12-06 10:07

    Interesting story. This woman is so much like Kaleigh. I wish that we could find a way to communicate with her, although she does much with her eyes.

  • Susan
    2018-11-29 10:20

    any incredible book, and so telling regarding "you just never know" regarding abilities and disabilities. Communication is a key to so much...ISBN 0-380-71245-8

  • Michelle
    2018-12-12 12:06

    Inspiring account of obstacles overcome and commentary on the worth of individuals.

  • BoekenTrol
    2018-11-26 13:58

    Read this book many years ago. I remember it made a big impression on me, but I can't make a proper review right now. I'll re-read it and give my opinion later.

  • Nickie Coby
    2018-12-03 14:08

    This is a must-read if you're interested in stories of the struggles and resilience and the rights of people with disabilities!