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Miracle Boy Grows Up How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity

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ISBN-10: 1616087315

ISBN-13: 9781616087319

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ben Mattlin

List price: $24.95
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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.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Two Roads Diverged in Apartment 2B
Disability as a Social Condition
Divorce, Bar Mitzvahs, and Preadolescence-Wasn't My Life Hard Enough?
My Unfortunate, Life-Changing Incarceration
The End of Childhood
Maman Est Morte
What I Gained and Lost in College
If No One Notices a Disability, Does It Really Exist?
Becoming More Disabled
Nesting
The Bubble Bursts
The Ghanaian Connection