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Learning to Live With It – Official Press Release

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Learning To Live With It ($13.99, paperback, 9781628391725; $6.99, e-book, 9781628391732) is the new book that details the phenomenal life story of author, Kevin Olson.

What’s unique about Kevin is that, just before his twentieth birthday, he was given the devastating news that he would never walk again. This book shows readers how the author pushed himself to make the most of life, despite the heartbreaking report.

“Everywhere I go, I find people who are faced with unwanted, unchangeable circumstances, and as a result, they are just as paralyzed mentally and emotionally by their problems as I am, physically,” states the author. “Regardless of our circumstances, I believe God can use us. Often the only thing keeping God from working through our unwanted circumstances is how we choose to respond to them.”

Kevin Olson was born on August 28, 1971. He was raised on a farm just Southwest of Chanute, KS. He was an All-State basketball player who graduated from Chanute High School in the top 10% of his class in 1989. On July 15, 1991, he became paralyzed from the shoulders down, as a result of a diving accident. Since 1993, he has devoted his life to kids by tutoring at elementary schools, teaching at the Cherry Street Youth Center in Chanute, traveling around speaking at schools and churches, and serving as a Youth Minister for two churches in Fredonia, KS. After his accident, Kevin also obtained his Associates degree and a computer programming certification. Currently he works from home creating websites and is busy promoting his first book, an autobiography titled “Learning to Live With It.”

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Learning To Live With It through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contact: Kevin Olson, Xulon Press, 866-381-2665,

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Kansas Health Institute Article

Making use of technological advances

Sept. 2013

At 19, Kevin Olson of Chanute was an All-State basketball player who lived an active life. On July 15, 1991, Olson dove off a dock into a lake he’d long swam in. This time he hit something underwater, paralyzing him from the neck down.

Now, 22 years later, technology is enabling Olson to work and play in ways he couldn’t imagine soon after the accident. (View a photo of Kevin shortly before the accident.)

kevin-olson-learning-to-live-with-it_t600At the expo, he demonstrated a rig for his wheelchair that allows him to hunt with his friends. By operating a joystick with his chin, he can aim a gun or crossbow using a scope outfitted with a mini-LCD screen. Then, by sucking on a tube, he can fire. So far, he’s shot three deer and a turkey.

“Before, I was always just a spectator off on the side. Now I’m participating in a sport for the first time since high school,” Olson said.

Assistive technology also allows Olson to work. He uses voice-activated software and a device that allows him to type to design websites from home.

Just last week, Olson published an autobiography, “Learning to Live With It.” As he writes, “my 3-year-old brother’s response to a bird pooping on my shoulder challenged me to not only accept my paralysis, but really learn to ‘live with it.'”

Olson also travels around the state as a motivational speaker.

“If it wasn’t for equipment and technology, people out there who are trying to figure out ways that we can do things, our quality of life would be way different,” Olson said. “Some of the things just allow us to have fun, and some of them allow us to be gainfully employed. These things open windows, and that gives a person a sense of self worth.”

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