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BEN MATTLIN is a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

     A frequent contributor to Financial Advisor magazine, he's the author of MIRACLE BOY GROWS UP, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, and the upcoming DISABILITY PRIDE: DISPATCHES FROM A POST-ADA WORLD. 

     Praise for his earlier books:
    • "Insightful, poignant, light-hearted and often hilarious" (Jay McInerney).
    • "Literary gold" (Hamilton Cain).
    • "Deeply intelligent, utterly honest, funny … a pleasure" (Elizabeth McCracken).
    • "Urgent, deeply felt, and sometimes hilarious" (Andrew Solomon).
    • "Moving and informative" (Kirkus Reviews).

     His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Vox, CNN.com, and Self magazine, and been broadcast on NPR's "Morning Edition." He's also a former contributing editor at Institutional Investor, the late Windows In Financial Services, Dealmaker, Buyside, and Individual Investor magazines.

     Non-print credits include the Mark Taper Forum, Blonde and Brunette Productions, and the children's television program BIKER MICE FROM MARS.

     He has a nice butt, too, but you'll never see it because he's always sitting in a wheelchair.     

     His writing has led to appearances on the NPR programs "Morning Edition" and "Here & Now," NowThis News, ABC's Prime Time Live, CNN, E! Entertainment Network, and radio stations across the U.S., Canada, and the UK.  He's also been quoted in The Daily BeastThe Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, and Penthouse.

     Born in New York City in 1962 with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital muscle weakness, he attended the Walden School, Rudolf Steiner High School, and Harvard (graduating cum laude in 1984).  He's been married for 30 years (to the same woman!), and they have two 20-something daughters, a cat, and a turtle.

      Any questions? Go ahead--ask me anything! More info upon request.