Through his writing, coaching, and speaking engagements, Cutter has transformed his experience of living with cerebral palsy from his personal drive to maintain freedom to his efforts to help others living with disabilities fulfill their own expectations and potential. He has written on disability-related issues for the News & Observer, ABILITY magazine, Easter Seals UCP North Carolina, the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, Persona Magazine, the NC Office on Disability & Health, and the NC Disability Action Network.
Cutter and his wife, co-author Megan Cutter, also provide information and resources to people and couples with disabilities and frequently speak at local and national conferences on the benefits and challenges of an inter-ability relationship.
In his first post for RHA Howell’s blog, Cutter writes, “I’ve never defined myself by my disability. Despite having spastic cerebral palsy and being told from an early age what was and was not possible, I’ve shattered almost every expectation others and even I have placed on myself... Through [RHA Howell’s] blog, I hope that the stories I share will inspire and motivate you to live your dreams and embrace life to the fullest.”
Cutter’s posts will appear on the blog once a month.
"We're extremely excited to have Barton contribute to our blog," said RHA Howell's marketing and events director, Debbie Valentine. "Barton truly does live his life out loud. We're certain his 'Life Unbound' posts will inspire others to do the same."
S. Barton Cutter received a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Since then, he has also authored Youth Leaders in Action, a leadership curriculum for young people with disabilities. He and Megan maintain the blog “Life Rolls On! Unlikely Tales of Marriage, Love and Disability.”
RHA Howell is a statewide non-profit organization that has been serving people with disabilities and their families for nearly 40 years. For more information on RHA Howell, visit www.rhahowell.org.
About RHA Howell: RHA Howell has been providing supports and services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 35 years. We work closely with individuals and their families to make their lives as independent as possible with an emphasis on community inclusion. Mrs. Irene Howell founded Howells in 1970. Over the next 30 years, Mrs. Howell established a network of Howell Care Centers, and upon her retirement, entrusted her legacy to RHA Health Services. Today, RHA Howell, Inc. carries on the Howell Care Centers tradition. For more information: