Ben Mattlin is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. Born in New York in 1962 with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital neuromuscular weakness, he graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1984. Author of the memoir Miracle Boy Grows Up, he is a frequent contributor to Financial Advisor magazine. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today, and been broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He’s also written for Self magazine and is a former contributing editor at Institutional Investor, the late Windows In Financial Services, Dealmaker, Buyside, and Individual Investor magazines. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, a cat, and a turtle.