Not everyone understands by Holly Holmes
Teens in high school have no idea what goes into being in a wheelchair. I’ve heard them comment that they think it’s fun having people do things for you all the time — even if it’s not done exactly how you would like it.
At a recent MDA picnic in Shawnee Mission, Kan., Mary Millet looked around for her teenage son Patrick, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). She found him sitting away from the crowd, hanging out with a small group of teens.
The normalcy of this event — teens gathering to talk and laugh privately — struck a familiar chord in Millet’s heart. She knew that teens don’t want to hang out with...
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.