Miracle Boy Grows Up

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Miracle Boy Grows Up

How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity

By Ben Mattlin

Skyhorse Publishing, Hardcover, 9781616087319, 194pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

Ben Mattlin lives a normal, independent life. Why is that interesting? Because Mattlin was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital weakness from which he was expected to die in childhood. Not only did Mattlin live through childhood, he became one of the first students in a wheelchair to attend Harvard, from which he graduated and became a professional writer. His advantage? Mattlin's life happened to parallel the growth of the disability rights movement, so that in many ways he did not feel that he was disadvantaged at all, merely different.

"Miracle Boy Grows Up" is a witty, unsentimental memoir that you won't forget, told with engrossing intelligence and a unique perspective on living with a disability in the United States.

About the Author
Ben Mattlin was born in New York in 1962 with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital muscle-wasting disease. He graduated from Harvard in 1984 and is an NPR commentator and frequent contributor to many different financial magazines. He has written on disability and other topics for" Self" magazine, "USA Today", the "Los Angeles Times", and the "Chicago Tribune." He has also appeared on CNN", "ABC s "Prime Time Live", and the E!Entertainment Network, amongst other venues, to discuss his disability-related writings. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.