From the HeraldNewsOnline.com
submitted by Valerie Brew-Parrish
Like most little girls, I often wondered growing up if one day I would be a mother. I worried about being able to chase the baby and keeping my child safe. Luckily for me, I attended a RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America) conference in Washington, D.C.
Tom Schworles, of Chicago, also attended the meeting. Schworles was a member of the disability savvy organization called COPH (Congress of Organizations of the Physically Handicapped), and I knew him, though not well. During a break in the conference, participants left the hotel to get lunch. I was thunderstruck to see Schworles, a wheelchair user with a form of muscular dystrophy, with two very small children by his side.
My first thought was, "oh no, these kids may dash out into the crowded sidewalks and into the commotion of the streets as they are so little and Tom has no one to assist him." Shame on me for having such a biased belief.
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