From the Nominator
"Living the Dream" is a profile of Berkeley Haas alumnus Matthew Wangeman, a father, scholar, and disability studies lecturer who is himself a member of the disabled community. Matthew was born with cerebral palsy, a motor condition caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during birth. He uses a wheelchair and is unable to speak, instead communicating using a pointer attached to a helmet, which he uses to tap either a computer screen or letters and words on a board. This profile accompanies a photo essay, and is meant to convey not just the details of Matthew’s daily life but also his sheer joy of living.
From the Judges
With sharp, vivid language, this article reveals the systemic hardships that people with disabilities face in our society. The quotes are particularly strong, and the subject comes to life. The organization is effortless, and bringing in a second source enriches the perspective. The article also has the courage to acknowledge that the university has dropped a valuable disabilities program.