Author Signing to Benefit Tri Lakes Center for Independent Living

On Thursday, September 19, from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM two authors will be signing books at the Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living, 43 Broadway St in Saranac Lake. Live music will be provided by Tom Techman and Michael Northrop.

Michael Northrop acquired a traumatic brain injury at age 10 which wiped out his short-term memory. When he was 30, a cerebral aneurism almost took his life. His 2 books, The Padded Cell and Escape from a Padded Cell are about how the system needs to change to offer individuals with disabilities better supports. Escape from a Padded Cell is an autobiography about how Michael overcame the problems he discusses in his first book.

Yvona Fast has lived with a disability her entire life, but only knew she was odd and different. In her forties, she discovered that her quirkiness fits on the high end of the autism spectrum. Her first book, a career guide for individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability, was a result of her struggles with fitting into the employment world for many years. Yvona’s latest book, Garden Gourmet, helps readers create delicious, nutritious meals using seasonal, local produce. She has also co-authored her mothers’ memoir, My Nine Lives.

Tom Techman is a singer/songwriter who has cerebral palsy. He has performed nationally as a singer and advocate for independence for people with disabilities for over 20 years. You can hear his "2 cents' Tuesday mornings on WSLP. He sings a diverse repertoire of songs, and has written original material.

Local authors Michael Northrop and Yvona Fast will be on hand to meet and greet you, answer questions and sign copies of their books. A portion of proceeds from book sales will go to support the Tri Lakes Center for Independent Living. Donations for the TLCIL will also be accepted.

The TLCIL mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve free and independent lives. The Center serves people with disabilities by providing advocacy, independent living skills training, peer mentoring, information and referral services, accessibility consultations, and benefits advisement to people with disabilities in the Tri-Lakes Region. The center also works to educate and inform the local community about disability issues.

For more information or to contact the authors, email yvonawrite@yahoo.com or theadvocat317@gmail.com .

For information regarding the Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living, email Nathan Cox at nathan@tlcil.org, or check out the Center’s webpage at www.tlcil.org.


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