David Caruth, director of institutional research at the University of the District of Columbia, has written a book about overcoming poverty, dyslexia and the damage from a lightning strike that stole his ability to walk, read and write. "It doesn't matter how big the challenges are, there are ways to work through them," he says. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

David Caruth, director of institutional research at the University of the District of Columbia, has written a book about overcoming poverty, dyslexia and the damage from a lightning strike that stole his ability to walk, read and write. "It doesn't matter how big the challenges are, there are ways to work through them," he says. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)