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Elizabeth – What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?

Elizabeth – What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?

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I don’t think you can treat the person with the disability as fragile. I think you need to give them independence to do what they need to do. I think I step in and give him a lot of assistance in certain areas but then he does his own thing. I ... Show More

I don’t think you can treat the person with the disability as fragile. I think you need to give them independence to do what they need to do. I think I step in and give him a lot of assistance in certain areas but then he does his own thing. I mean, he’s completely independent and I think that is a huge, huge misconception about disability—that it makes you totally dependent on other people. And it doesn't, and it doesn't have to. You can make yourself dependent on other people, but I think your family needs and to encourage you to live your own life.

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Elizabeth – What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?

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Father injured in 1974 at age 26, paraplegic
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I don’t think you can treat the person with the disability as fragile. I think you need to give them independence to do what they need to do. I think I step in and give him a lot of assistance in certain areas but then he does his own thing. I mean, he’s completely independent and I think that is a huge, huge misconception about disability—that it makes you totally dependent on other people. And it doesn't, and it doesn't have to. You can make yourself dependent on other people, but I think your family needs and to encourage you to live your own life.

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