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This book is an autobiography of Dr. Robert Segalman, an adult with cerebral palsy who is well educated and an innovator who made communication via telephone possible for people with significant speech impairments. Here is more description from the author's website:

"Born in 1942, Dr. Bob Segalman’s parents insisted on mainstreaming him several decades before inclusion was even conceptualized. As a result, Dr. Bob received two doctoral degrees and is the successful-- and for the most part, the sole--advocate for the implementation of Speech-to-Speech phone services for people with speech disabilities, which have since, thanks to his relentless efforts, been adopted across the country. This is his story."

The book was well-received and recommended across many audiences, here is the concluding paragraph from a review that appeared in the National Academic Advising Association Journal:

“…..The book is obviously relevant to individuals with Cerebral Palsy and to the parents, caregivers, doctors, and professionals who interact with them. It suggests the types of activities and accomplishments that are possible. However, Dr. Segalman is careful to note that different people have different capabilities and thus his path is suggestive of what can be done rather than a set of specific recommendations. In addition, the book can be used in courses or discussions about disabilities and to expand the view of what people with disabilities can do in schools, public organizations, or in corporate situations.“

-Description taken from Dr. Bob Segalman's website viewed on 11/2/10 (http://www.drbobsautobiography.org/about.html)

Review excerpt taken from the National Academic Advising Association website on 2/6/11 (www.nacada.ksu.edu/journal/bkrev_1124.htm)
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