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A Tale of Two Pretties
by Ben Mattlin
In late summer, two books by disabled women were published with strikingly similar titles: The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown (Atria Books) and Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride by Nadina LaSpina (New Village Press).

Sep 23, 2019
SMA and Me: To Cure or Not To Cure, That is the Question
By Ben Mattlin

I was born before my disability could be diagnosed.  Now I'm told it can be cured.

Jun 19, 2019
HELP! I THINK I CREATED A WORD!
By Ben Mattlin

Watch the Today Show. Watch Dr. Phil. Read the Chicago Tribune. Go on YouTube. You'll see a new word that's causing a mild uproar.

Apr 8, 2019
No Straws? No Thanks!

Editor’s note: Suddenly, a lot of people are asking: “What’s the big deal about straws and disability?”

Jul 23, 2018
To Hell and Back: Disability Wisdom
By Ben Mattlin

In the first few days of this year, I was rushed to the emergency room. "We need help," I'd gasped to my wife before she dialed 911.

Apr 4, 2018
ALIVE AT 55! By Ben Mattlin

For someone like me - born with a progressive neuromuscular condition called spinal muscular atrophy - that feels like a big milestone.

Dec 5, 2017
Airbnb acquires Accomable to offer home rentals for travelers with disabilities

Airbnb acquired startup Accomable to expand home-renting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Nov 17, 2017
UMBC robotics student invents help for those with disabilities like hers

“I’m always asking how technology can help a person who has a disability become more independent,” said Kavita Krishnaswamy.

Sep 15, 2017
QUIET ACTIVISM by Ben Mattlin

Earlier this summer, social media (and a smattering of conventional media, too) were filled with images of disability-rights activists’ protests

Aug 21, 2017
On the Guilty Pleasures of Computer Solitaire: A Defiant Act of Independence – By Ben Mattlin

These words you're reading now are a kind of small miracle. For you see, I can't actually write letters in the conventional sense.

Jul 25, 2017
An Eye-Opening Wheelchair Malfunction – by Ben Mattlin

One summer some years ago, my motorized wheelchair abruptly stopped working. The joystick that controlled it simply would not engage. The chair was de

Jun 28, 2017
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