Nebraska Authors

Susan Dahl

Born 1947-11-21 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 1995-02-10
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Dahl was born with spinal muscular atrophy, but lived independently and was an active advocate of people with disabilities. She spoke out against pity for people with disabilities and encouraged inclusion so they could contribute to their community.
She wrote about suffering traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car when she was crossing 13th and P Streets in Lincoln, NE. "It's like functioning with my same body, but with a different brain telling me what to do. Some things just don't compute as they did before."

Author Of

  • Nonfiction




Lincoln Northeast High School
Nebraska Wesleyan University, B.S. in Psychology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.A. in Human Development and Counseling



Places Worked

Child Guidance Center, Lincoln, NE


1988 Service to Mankind Award from the Lincoln West Sertoma Club


We Cry Out: Coping with Developmental Disabilities. 2006.

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