Published by Brookline Books
Written by Foster
Andersen, Shared Adventures' Founder/President
Available through Shared
can view this book inside by clicking on the link.
There is nothing permanent in our universe but change:
life is a constant transmutation between positive and negative polarities such
as success-failure, ugliness-beauty, pain-pleasure, and mobility-immobility. If
we continue to challenge ourselves throughout our lives, consciously expanding
our personal world, all changes can inspire our creativity and transformation.
We grow - intellectually, psychologically, spiritually, physically. Joyful events
seem to contain an inherent energizing stimulus that inspires personal evolvement
and social interaction. But sad, tragic experiences have a tendency to constrict
our world-view: we take refuge within ourselves and can temporarily succumb to
grief, disillusionment, depression, or cynicism. If we despair and block the opportunity
for creative growth in adverse circumstances, our spirit shrivels and dies.
Andersen's life is a testimony to the boundless strength of the human spirit.
Although he found himself a C5-6 quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident at seventeen
years of age, Foster refused to be defeated by his initial depression, frustration,
anger, cynicism, and hopelessness. With the support of family and friends, and
most of all, through his tenacious will to survive and continue a creative and
productive life, he began formulating new goals and transforming his situation
into a "Second Life."
Foster has refused to accept
the imposed limitations which society generally inflicts on the disabled. He has
innovatively expanded his activities to include skiing, surfing, scuba diving,
and bungee jumping. He has also completed an Engineering degree, invented implements
for the disabled, and worked as a political activist. His story reflects a courageous,
persistent character: it is a must for anyone (disabled or not) who wishes to
move beyond personal tragedy and self-pity to re-embrace the gift of life with
integrity and grace.
Technology is radically changing the lives of people with disabilities. Here,
Dr. Scherer sets the background for this radical transformation and discusses
the implications of assistive technology for the lives of those born disabled,
or who become disabled later in life. In the author's words, "this book shows,
how, paradoxically, the more technology became available and the more free from
limitations individuals became, the more stuck they seemed."
severe disability no longer need prevent a person from attaining the same educational,
personal, and career goals as other adults. Scherer details assistive devices
that enhance the quality of their lives, mobility, speech, and ability to work.
But while these devices may enhance independence, Scherer explains how friends
and relatives can better understand the personal issues and needs that arise from
living with a disability and 'needing' these devices. This is a unique, well-researched
account that will help anyone - disabled or not - deal with the physical and emotional
aspects of adjusting to a life with assistive technology.
Copies of "Living in the State of Stuck" and "My Second Life"
can be ordered through Shared Adventures with 50% of the profits going to the
National Spinal Cord Foundation, 30% to Shared Adventures and 20% to the United
Cerebral Palsy Associations.
in the State of Stuck $32.95 + tax and $2.00 shipping.
My Second Life $10.00
+ $2.00 shipping. Please
make checks payable to Shared Adventures
PO BOX 396
Santa Cruz, CA 95061