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Dr. Katherine Schneider to sign copies of new book

RELEASED: March 3, 2010

bookcover for Your Treasure Chest: Disabilities and Finding Your GoldEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Katherine Schneider will sign copies of her new book, "Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold," March 11 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Bookstore in Davies Center will host the book signing from noon to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Published in February, "Your Treasure Hunt" (Beaver's Pond Press, $18.95) is a warm and honest portrayal of the treasure hunt that faces children when they have disabilities. All children face obstacles, but children with disabilities experience special difficulties — such as having to work extra hard on ordinary tasks, being teased and developing the courage to ask for help. Designed for children in grades 1-3 to read with an adult, Schneider's book features constructive ways of dealing with the frustrations of having a disability and techniques for building a positive self-image.

"The gentle prose in this book will be soothing to any child, with or without disability," wrote journalist Deborah Kendrick. "Because she has 'been there and done that,' Schneider's words have the clear ring of coming from the heart and will, accordingly, touch the heart of the child who needs to hear them. The resource section will be a real bonus for parents and teachers."

A Seeing Eye dog user for 35 years, Schneider was the first blind student to graduate from the Kalamazoo, Mich., public school system. Three years later she graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She went on to earn her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Purdue University and worked at three campuses before coming to UW-Eau Claire in 1990. A senior psychologist in Counseling Services until her retirement in 2004, Schneider taught psychology courses and counseled, supervised and administered university counseling services. She received the UW-Eau Claire Academic Staff Outstanding Performance Award (1995) and the UW System Board of Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence (2002), as well as awards from the Courage Center and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind, among others.

Schneider is the originator of the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Awards for children's books with disability content. Her memoir, "To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities," was published in 2006.

The University Bookstore is a unit of the University Centers, part of the Student Affairs division at UW-Eau Claire.

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