Get Up, Your Bus Is Here: Living MY Life With Cerebral Palsyby Stephen Dantzig
“One day I was walking to the bus and caught an icy patch and wound up face down in the snow. My mother stood true to Dr. Shelsky’s word and with tears in her eyes told me to “Get up. Your bus is
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GET UP, YOUR BUS IS HERE, an awesome book written by Dr. Stephen A. Dantzig, has changed me to the very core of my soul...--Bruno Tittaferrante
“One day I was walking to the bus and caught an icy patch and wound up face down in the snow. My mother stood true to Dr. Shelsky’s word and with tears in her eyes told me to “Get up. Your bus is here.” She would have obviously helped me if I was hurt, but the early message to me was also clear; I was going to learn to fend for myself...”
Dr. Stephen Dantzig's tenth book is by far his most personal to date. “Get Up, Your Bus Is Here” Living MY Life With Cerebral Palsy: Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs chronicles his life growing up with Cerebral Palsy and details his successes as well as his struggles. He candidly talks about additional challenges brought on by Kienbock's Disease and the two wrist fusion surgeries that followed. Battles with obsessive-compulsive tendencies are also brought to the forefront. Dantzig talks about his parents and their influence on his independence, modifications needed in his early days in elementary school and follows his educational career through earning his doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University. He details his development and life lessons learned as a school psychologist working with severely disabled children, professional photographer, and author. He talks about living with a ghost in New York, life in Los Angeles, and his big move to Hawaii. Dantzig relates his experiences on skis, the softball field, a surfboard, and under water with SCUBA gear. His stories are often poignant with subtle humor. His struggles are discussed in a matter-of-fact way that denounces self-pity while his triumphs are talked about with humility. Dantzig provides resources and references for anyone looking for more information on the many topics discussed. Part of the proceeds from this book will go to local United Cerebral Palsy Association chapters.
What an absolutely positive, upbeat and charming book. Stephen weaves together his stories of life with such honesty and humor. His ability to tell his adventures, first, as who he is as an individual, and secondly, talk about his “cp” as it was just a “born with trait,” like having blond or red hair … very refreshing.
The book title, “Get Up, Your Bus Is Here,” sums up nicely how Stephen’s family saw him … no different than any of the other kids in the neighborhood. Should you stumble; you pick your self up, dust your self off and get your self on that bus. A very basic lesson of life but one that I truly believe helped shape and mold whom Stephen is today.
I found it extremely interesting to see how Dr. Dantzig’s two passions in life (photography and working with children with disabilities), though quite different in nature, have been the true beacons of light that have kept Stephen focused and on his life’s journey.
As a national organization, UCP has dedicated its self to providing, “life without limits to people with disabilities”. Reading Stephen’s reflections on his growing up-years, he and his family lived that concept long before UCPA coined those words.
In adulthood Dr. Dantzig continues to see the world as a life without limits. He has a PsyD, is an accomplished school psychologist, an expert in photography and written 8 books on the topic. He volunteers in his community and is a dedicated Board of Director for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai’i.
Stephen owns a car and has a drivers license, however it is not an unfamiliar site to see him with camera and tripod in hand (or should I say in basket) as he rides his three-wheeler bike around Waikiki. As he has shared with me, the bike makes where he is going easy to reach and so much more accessible (not to mention the fee to park is free).
The book is a great read for all, and certainly gives explanation to why Stephen is the fun loving and “glass half full” type of guy he is today.
Donna D. Fouts
Executive Director of UCPA of Hawai’i
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Meet the Author
Stephen Dantzig is a nationally renowned lighting expert and owner of the Hawai’i School of Photography with over 30 years experience behind the camera. He is the author of Swimwear Photography: Lighting, Composition and Post-production, On the Set and Behind the Scenes, The Making of a Maritime Fashion Shoot, and Professional Make-Over Techniques (ProPhotoPublishing), Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers: The Basics and Beyond, Lighting Techniques for Fashion and Glamour Photography for Film and Digital Photographers, Mastering Lighting Techniques for Outdoor and Location Digital Portrait Photography Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers (Amherst Media) and lead author of A Guide to the Theory, Administration and Interpretation of the Southern California Ordinal Scales of Development: Cognition (Stephen Dantzig Educational Consulting Services).
Stephen has written more than one hundred articles and lessons on photographic lighting and ethics. He was a monthly contributor to ProPhotoResource.com and his lessons have appeared in RANGEFINDER Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Studio Photography and Design, ProPhoto West, ShootSmarter.com, and the Photoflex Web Photo School. His work has appeared on more than 25 magazine covers including local, regional and national markets. Some of his published works have appeared in the Amherst Media’s Portrait Photographer’s Handbook, Group Portrait Photography Handbook, The Best of Portraiture, The Best of Photographic Lighting (First and Second Editions), Lighting and Posing Techniques for Photographing Women, Professional Portrait Lighting Techniques and Images from Master Photographers, and Rangefinder’s Professional Photography This Week Magazine (Hawai’i), Pleasant Hawai’i Magazine, Doll Reader, Metropolitan Home, Studio City Lifestyles Magazine, Santa Clarita Valley Living, and The Los Angeles Times. Stephen is a twenty-one-time Award of Merit recipient from the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County and has received two Awards of Merit from The Professional Photographers of Hawai’i. His specialties include fashion, beauty and corporate photography. He has also earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.
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