Robert P. Bennett is a 43 year old social worker and freelance writer. Born with Spina Bifida but with no discernable functional impairment he straddled the fence between able-bodied and disabled until a car accident in 1988 changed his life. Since the accident Mr. Bennett has struggled with the barriers, both physical and societal, that people with disabilities are challenged by every day.
In writing about the issues people with disabilities are involved in Mr. Bennett feels he has learned a very important lesson, one that he hopes he can help others understand. "It is the act of living that is important not the manner in which that action is undertaken. People with disabilities have the same wants and needs as others in the world community."
Mr. Bennett's articles have spanned a wide range of topics from how computers and technology can change the life of a person with a disability to issues of grieving and adoption. His work has appeared in both local and national publications including The New York Times, Tennis, Women's Sports+Fitness, Able Newspaper, Virtual Reality Special Report, Accent on Living and WE Magazine.
As a guest lecturer for a community college course on the role of people with disabilities in society Mr Bennett spoke with groups of aspiring physical therapy students about the need to maintain a level of dignity and open communication between people with disabilities and the helping professions.
Finally, as a guest on the radio show 'Inner Sight', Mr Bennett fielded questions from call-in listeners regarding whether people can learn to accept the changes brought on by disability.
Robert P. Bennett lives and writes in Jericho, New York.
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