About Ben Mattlin

Ben Mattlin is a New York Times op-ed contributor, an NPR commentator and author of Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity. His writing has appeared in such well-known and diverse publications as Newsweek, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, WashingtonPost.com, and the children’s television program, “Biker Mice from Mars.” Born in New York City in 1962 with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital muscle weakness, Mattlin graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1984. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, their two daughters, a cat and a turtle.

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November 2010

Beating the Flu

By |2017-01-13T20:43:36-05:00November 1st, 2010|

Every year some 24,000 Americans die from influenza infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year the swine flu caused [...]

April 2006

Look, Ma — No Hands!

By |2017-01-13T20:43:53-05:00April 1st, 2006|

There are many wonderful new hands-free inventions out there -- and many of these seem too expensive to be practical. Sometimes a little creativity and common sense can go a long way toward fashioning reasonable solutions for those of us who cannot use our hands. Yet at other times, technology is invaluable, even miraculous.