SMA News Today Podcast Episode 2: An Interview With Author Ben Mattlin

In the second episode of the SMA News Today podcast, Community Editor Kevin Schaefer interviews author Ben Mattlin. Mattlin is a Los Angeles-based writer living with SMA type 2.

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Mattlin’s first book Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity is a memoir detailing everything from his childhood in New York to his college years at Harvard to his career, his marriage and his family life. His upcoming book In Sickness and in Health: Love, Disability and a Quest to Understand the Perils and Pleasures of Inter-abled Romance features a series of stories about various inter-abled couples who Mattlin has met.

In this interview, Mattlin discusses both of these books, his other writings, daily life and provides commentary on how disability is portrayed in mainstream media. For more information about his work and where to preorder In Sickness and in Health, please visit his website.

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SMA News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Kevin Schaefer is a writer from Cary, North Carolina with SMA Type II. He studied English at NC State University with concentrations in film studies and creative writing, and since graduating he’s been focused on freelance journalism as well as writing comic book scripts. When he’s not writing or consuming excessive amounts of comic books and movies, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and considers himself blessed that they put up with his ramblings. He is the youngest of three and lives with his parents and dog Pandora. The dog gets the most attention.
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Kevin Schaefer is a writer from Cary, North Carolina with SMA Type II. He studied English at NC State University with concentrations in film studies and creative writing, and since graduating he’s been focused on freelance journalism as well as writing comic book scripts. When he’s not writing or consuming excessive amounts of comic books and movies, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and considers himself blessed that they put up with his ramblings. He is the youngest of three and lives with his parents and dog Pandora. The dog gets the most attention.

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