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Groundbreaking Memoir on American Disability History and Overcoming Adversity

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January, 16,2020

Kindle's Book-of-the-Day Memoir Celebrates life of Human Rights Activist Chula Vista, CA… Music from the Heart announces that Jeff Moyer's GRIT: A Family Memoir on Adversity and Triumph will be featured as The On-Line Book Club's Book-of-the-Day on January 20, 2020, Martin Luther King National Day of Service. The book will be available as a free download on that auspicious day. It is quite appropriate that Moyer's book will be featured on that National day of service, commemorating Dr. King's life and legacy.

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In 1968 Jeff Moyer, Civil Rights songwriter, was the soloist for Cleveland's memorial service following the horrific assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and he led one thousand mourners in the repeated singing of "We Shall Overcome" during a solemn march after the service. Moyer's lifetime of work as an advocate and musician for Civil Rights and Disability Rights resulted in his playing following the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Moyer opened the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite during the historic Section 504 twenty-six day sit-in resulting in America's first Disability Rights regulations. Moyer has been invited to the White House three times, has played in five other countries and 47 states, including a 2001 residency in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho's District 271. Moyer was artist in residence for the Fifth Grade Human Rights Program honoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s National Day of Service. The school district, in collaboration with the Kootenai County Human Rights Task Force, invited Moyer for a week of intensive work with all 1200 fifth graders in the district, culminating in their signing Moyer's Contract for Human Rights. Moyer's musical for schools, How Big Is Your Circle? was utilized broadly and the play's theme has been adopted by the program, now entitled Circle of Friends. The 21,600 students who have matriculated through the program since 2001 have all felt the impact of Jeff Moyer's genius for articulating human rights principles in songs and concepts accessible to young people.

Jeff's book, GRIT: A Family Memoir on Adversity and Triumph beautifully details Jeff's lifetime of work as a human rights advocate. GRIT has been hailed as a masterfully-written insider's story of the Disability Rights Movement, and a story about Jeff's successful fourteen-year-long struggle to free his younger brother Mark from the horrors of a state institution where he was imprisoned for a severe cognitive disability. The book weaves other interlocking family stories about the Moyer men, all of whom overcame profound disabilities. Jeff's father, brother, son and Jeff, supported by the rest of the family, battled a total of ten different disabilities. They grappled with their limitations, with grit, humor, tenacity and love.

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GRIT has been accepted to be read by the California Library for the Blind as part of the Library of Congress's Talking Book Program. Don't miss the opportunity to download, without cost, this uplifting historic memoir on January 20, 2020.

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Jeff Moyer, President of Music from the Heart

Chula Vista, California USA – December 20, 2018
Music From The Heart releases: GRIT - A Family Memoir on Adversity and Triumph, by Jeff Moyer, writer and recipient of awards for both songwriting and Disability History documentary production.

GRIT tells the monumental story of the Moyer family's struggle overcoming multiple disabilities and inhuman institutionalization beginning before the Disability Rights Movement changed the American landscape, and Jeff Moyer's role as the troubadour for, and a leader of that movement. In 1954, Mark Moyer, Jeff's younger brother, was born with a severe cognitive disability. Two weeks before at age five, Jeff began to lose his vision due to a rare retinal disease that a clinician denied.

GRIT follows the parallel stories of Mark's suffering within barbaric state institutions and Jeff's progressive blindness and maturation as an advocate leader within the Disability Rights Movement.

GRIT is a true tale of one family’s triumph over crushing odds including progressive blindness, severe cognitive disability, institutional imprisonment, alcoholism, cancer over-radiation resulting in facial disfigurement and loss of speech, and severe ADHD. It is, however, much more‒it is a rare, insider’s view of the historic, hard-fought struggle that, ultimately, led to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a crown jewel of the American experience which should be celebrated within every heart and taught in every school. This book, with its revolutionary construct of the normalcy of disability, will upend perceptions and change lives.” - Gair Linhart, founder of Special Orchestra ®

GRIT introduces Jeff's innovative paradigm, Multiple Wisdoms, a new way to view people with cognitive disabilities. GRIT is far from a tale of misery; it is the story of how the Moyer family ultimately overcame their multiple disabling losses through rockribbed tenacity, advocacy, resilience, courage, humor, and a profound shift in consciousness. Moyer tells their stories with unvarnished honesty, compassion, empathy, and wit. Moyer rose to roles of national importance including: troubadour for the 1977 historic Section 504 Sit-In, assistive technology pioneer, songwriter and music-based curriculum developer, and disability history documentarian. Moyer promoted his advocacy as an NPR “Morning Edition” commentator, and through keynote performances at numerous international conferences, within 47 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Israel.

On July 26, 2008 Judy Woodruff, moderator of the Presidential Candidates Forum on Disability Issues, where Moyer was the sole musician, said, "Jeff Moyer, when the ADA was signed, that day, you performed at the United States Senate.” Moyer performed his original composition “The ADA Anthem”.

Later, the late Senator John McCain, Republican Presidential Candidate, reflected "I appreciate and remember Jeff being at the signing - the historic moment." "I've just finished GRIT. In fact, I couldn't put it down..." Kathy Tallalay, Senior Development Editor for W.W. Norton

"Jeff Moyer's GRIT is jolting. Riveting. Transcendent. It is a must read for the general society, and especially for families and professionals who work with individuals who differ from the norm. This book will be quoted often in living rooms and hallowed places of learning.” Sally E. Pisarchik Ph.D., Ohio Dept. Of Ed. Retired Regional Resource Center Administrator and Founder Project Support.

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