Stories about: disability awareness

Let’s talk about sex: Guidance for parents of girls with disabilities

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Illustration: Fawn Gracey

Kayla’s* class is starting a sexual education course, but her teacher says she can skip it. Jenna’s special ed class doesn’t offer information on human sexuality. And because Abby doesn’t take gym, she misses the sexual health module taught by her school’s phys ed teacher. Although these three girls attend different schools, they have one thing in common: a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

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A former patient's story: Regaining independence after being paralyzed at 17

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Jason Fowler, paralyzed at 17, now races competitively.

By Jason Fowler

On March 13, 1991, while preparing for a motorcycle race competition, my bike collided with a rock and my life changed forever. I was airlifted to a Boston hospital, where the emergency room physician told me that I had severed my spinal cord and that I would never walk again.

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