Psychology professor Rhoda Olkin hesitated before she requested her teenage son to take out the trash.
“I was reluctant, at first, to ask him because it is physically hard for me. But then I realized that teenage boys all across America are taking out the kitchen garbage and I got over it,” said Olkin, who had polio and is a national expert on parents with disabilities.
A neuromuscular disease is no match for a determined parent's will to love, guide and nurture a child
posted on December 1, 2001 - 11:48am
What makes a good parent?
Most people would agree that good parents love their children unconditionally, make their children's needs a priority, and provide a home filled with love, security and even some fun — all requirements that have nothing to do with physical ability, strength or mobility.
Yet, parents who have disabilities often find themselves grappling with a society that questions their...