UW-Stevens Point: Alumnus publishes children’s book

November 16, 2011

A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point alumnus who suffers from severe cerebral palsy has written a children’s book about his experiences.

Steven Salmon, a 1998 graduate who resides in Madison, has authored “Cat’s Tails,” his third semi-autobiographical book published through PublishAmerica. The story describes the close bond between a severely physically disabled man and his two cats.

Salmon is also the author of “Buddy Why” and “The Unusual Writer,” which are also based on his life experiences as a man with a disability. Because is unable to use his hands, he writes the books using voice recognition and word prediction software.

One of the reasons Salmon became a writer was to educate society on how the disabled can be productive citizens if given the chance to succeed. He had another reason to write this most recent book for children.

“I wanted to show children the unconditional love that only an animal can give,” he said. “I also wrote the book to show how many severely physically disabled people are isolated and need their animals for companionship.”

Salmon has a degree in English and writing from UW-Stevens Point and an associate degree in liberal arts from Madison Area Technical College, where he freelances as a writing assistant. He is currently working on another book. More information about Salmon and his books may be found at www.stevenbsalmon.com.