When Mark E. Smith was born with severe cerebral palsy, the doctors said that he was an absolute vegetable, void of cognitive skills. On top of that, Mark’s family was fragmented by alcoholism, divorce, incarceration, and suicide. But, Mark defied all odds, turning facing the insurmountable into accomplishing the impossible – transforming his life from the trials of a severely disabled child with little to the triumphs of an adult fulfilling dreams.
Today, Mark is among the most recognized disability figures in the world. His accomplishments are unmistakable as an icon within the wheelchair industry and serving as a General Manager for Pride Mobility Products Corporation and Quantum Rehab. Mark is the author of five books and countless magazine articles and columns, is a lecturer and sought-after inspirational speaker, and sits on numerous community-related boards. Of course, Mark’s most important role is that of a husband and father of his two daughters, living in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
See, when Mark speaks of shifting one’s life from merely surviving to truly thriving, he doesn’t just talk about it – he’s lived it.
Books by Mark E. Smith
Wheels of Change: How Complex Rehab Technology was Born, Evolved and Fosters the Independence of Americans with Disabilities
Making the Most of It: The 11 Keys to Mastering Disability and Life
Too Fast: Selected True Tales from the Madman of WheelchairJunkie.com
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul (Contributing Author)
Growing Up With Cerebral Palsy: A remarkable story by San Francisco’s impossible dream kid
Video of Mark Speaking