About the Writer

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Mike Doerfler is an accomplished freelance writer seeking fulltime employment.  Mike, who has been totally blind since birth, resides in Cranberry Township.  He is a 2001 graduate of Seneca Valley High School, and a 2007 graduate of Point Park University.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Mike has extensive writing experience.  He worked at the Butler County Blind Association for three years and was the author and editor of the organization’s True Vision Without Sight newsletter, focusing on a wide variety of human interest topics about the everyday life of visually impaired individuals.  He also wrote for the Northern Connection magazine focusing on human interest and local high school athletics.

Outside of his writing Mike is an active member of the Cranberry Township Area Lions Club and has served as club president twice.  He is currently jointly coordinating a Braille book reference section for the Cranberry Public Library.  This is in an effort to raise awareness of Braille as a unique but important means of reading to the local community.  Mike also volunteers his time and knowledge at Haine Elementary School, jointly coordinating diversity assemblies in order to give the students a greater appreciation of diversity, rather than shying away from it.  He likewise reads books in Braille to different classes, while taking the time to present the values of reading and how Braille plays a major role in how visually impaired persons read and write.  Mike is always willing to answer students questions and share his personal experiences of what life is like being totally blind.

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