About the Authors
Barry M. Cohen, Ph.D.
Barry is Terry’s dad, and they have always had a very close relationship. Barry was a caregiver and travel companion to his wife, and now to Terry. He has seen firsthand just how myotonic dystrophy gradually takes its toll. Unfortunately, when myotonic dystrophy is passed down from mother to son, the disease gets worse for the son. That is part of the genetic challenge of this disease. As a result, Barry has made a special effort to help Terry realize his dream of writing his books. All the ideas and subjects in the books are Terry’s. Barry helped Terry organize these ideas and research special topics, and he has also added his own advice as a
Barry is a nationally recognized psychologist who counsels leaders in business and industry. He has published articles in major media and has received awards for his work. His clients have included many of the largest corporations in the United States, and he also consults with global leaders. He has “borrowed” from his many years of counsel with these talented people to apply some of their same living skills to helping young people with disabilities, including Terry and his friends. Barry serves as a counselor- facilitator to young adults with MMD at national conferences.
Over the years, Barry has helped Terry learn how to think ahead and anticipate some of the many challenges that might get him down. Barry has also learned a great deal about being a travel companion for both his wife and Terry. All these experiences have made him a more informed resource for planning accessible trips. Travel is a great energizer full of new adventures and opportunities to meet people from many cultures and backgrounds. In that sense, travelers who are disabled are no different than
Barry did graduate training in psychology at Columbia University and completed his doctorate at the University of Tennessee. Barry resides in Clearwater Beach, Florida, not far from Terry’s apartment. He and Terry continue to be close with one another, taking father-son vacations and setting aside one day a week just to spend time together. Helping Terry write his books was an inspiration for both of them, and it has brought them even closer in their desire to help other people with disabilities learn to live full lives and rise to their challenges.