Ben Mattlin was born in New York in 1962 with spinal muscularatrophy, a congenital muscle-wasting disease. He graduatedfrom Harvard in 1984 and is an NPR commentator and frequentcontributor to many different financial magazines. He has writtenon disability and other topics for Self magazine, USA Today, the LosAngeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has also appeared onCNN, ABC's Prime Time Live, and the E!Entertainment Network,amongst other venues, to discuss his disability-related writings. Hecurrently lives in Los Angeles, California.