Living With Disability is a Road Block.
Choose to Go Down Another Path.

Born in the 50’s, I was slow to develop. My parents consulted a local doctor who advised to “give it some time.” In 1968, armed with what little available resources my parents could save, my mother consulted with doctors at a leading hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After a series of tests, it was determined that I had brain damage without a whole lot they could do to change the damage. They suggested I be institutionalized.

Mom then found another facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They focus on the achievement of human potential. After another round of tests, they developed and implemented a program to suit my needs. For the next three years I endured a battery of exercises involving body movement, eye exercises, and breathing. The purpose of these exercises was to stimulate the blood more efficiently to my brain. Every three months we drove to Philadelphia for a progress evaluation. I improved steadily over time.

In 2007, and nearly 50-years-old, I was diagnosed with autism. This was a shock to me, but I developed the “life goes on” mantra. I read a book authored by Temple Grandin, an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University. She is known for her work in autism advocacy. I then watched her award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, which motivated me to write my own memoir.

The purpose of my book, Living Life with Autism: The World Through My Eyes, is to help, inspire and educate others, especially those whose journey is similar. For those with autism, cerebral palsy, or any number of other impairments or disabilities I offer this message: Living with a disability is not a death sentence it is a road block, so go down another path. Instead of letting autism over take you, over take it.

To learn more about my book, Living Life with Autism: The World Through My Eyes, visit Living Life With Autism: The World Through My Eyes. The book is available at can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Marc Pulver

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My Disability Gave Me Abilities

Tonight my heart was heavy and I began searching and was overjoyed to find this website. God has been nudging me to share my story for quite some time but in the back of my mind I have always “counted it out” as a story not worth telling.

Tonight is different and I am here to encourage the people that my story might impact. My name is Misty and I am 31 years old with Mild CP. At a very early age my mother noticed that I was not as mobile as I should be. I began completing tasks in non-traditional ways more suitable for my “gift.”

Now keep in mind….I didn’t always view it as a “gift”. As a matter of fact it was quite the opposite for me…most especially during those painful physical therapy appointments that seemed to go on and on, or the kids and teachers in class that just didn’t quite understand me. However I continued to defy the odds by doing all the things that the specialists did not think I would ever be able to do. Talking, eating by myself, tying my own shoes, riding a bike, participating in gym class…the list is endless but I had a plan that differed from theirs.

My plan was to live my life making the best of every situation and not allowing my CP to define who I was as a person. That plan continues today and I strive to help others that are in my shoes. I refuse to call this a disability because in my eyes it is just the opposite.

This “disability” gave me ABILITIES….abilities to love, to care, to see beyond, to reach higher when I was told I couldn’t, to strive through pain because I saw what was on the other side and most importantly to share my story when I would never have had the opportunity to otherwise.

With Love-
Tucson, Arizona

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