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Bill – What’s important for parents to understand?

Bill – What’s important for parents to understand?

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I think that the most important thing would be, dealing with anyone with a spinal-cord injury, is to, you know, give them their space. Give them your support when they need it or when they ask for it, but always turn around and encourage it. A lot ti... Show More

I think that the most important thing would be, dealing with anyone with a spinal-cord injury, is to, you know, give them their space. Give them your support when they need it or when they ask for it, but always turn around and encourage it. A lot times, people—and I had this growing up—but a lot of people always say: "you can't do this, or you can't do that or you shouldn't do this." And, you know, you kind of get tired of hearing people tell you, you can't do something. And then, unfortunately, you may do something stupid, and you need to be told "you can't do that," but you know, you got to be able to, you know, support the individual, but you have to at least give them the encouragement to try.

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Bill – What’s important for parents to understand?

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Injured in 1970 at age 8 months, paraplegic
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I think that the most important thing would be, dealing with anyone with a spinal-cord injury, is to, you know, give them their space. Give them your support when they need it or when they ask for it, but always turn around and encourage it. A lot times, people—and I had this growing up—but a lot of people always say: "you can't do this, or you can't do that or you shouldn't do this." And, you know, you kind of get tired of hearing people tell you, you can't do something. And then, unfortunately, you may do something stupid, and you need to be told "you can't do that," but you know, you got to be able to, you know, support the individual, but you have to at least give them the encouragement to try.

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