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Unformatted text preview: he inspiring storiee 0? the ASHA members Whe have contributed t0 this erticie were net intended by their GUil’lOl’S te he Enspirirtgmthey’re simply sharing with US what they dc. These are prefeseienels whe contribute to their fobs and to their society gust like all other ASHA memberso The inspiration, theugh, is certainly there Fer the taking fl. full"; 243 200! the WM' if} Strait H. .fly'mitr am tmrkittg titu‘i‘t‘tltly as: a speechrlanguage pathologist at iiallard Rehabilitatimi Hospital in San BEE‘IIQM‘dliEtL CA l have been in a ‘Wl’it’filcilztli‘ fur the past 2i ycar‘fi. My meek was broken, at the age of)? it}, at the SC‘VCINh tififV’lCZtl level tellattritnt;~ a car accident, Mter t7t)1flpl€iiflg my own I‘L‘llélblliiifllwn at Casa (itflim‘d Rehabilitation litispital il‘i Prmmtia; l returned to COlng‘C and went or: iii rereive a iiiastt‘rh degree in rehabilitation CMUHSC‘lngi i worked in a witty til" rehaliilitatitm iat‘tili— ties and l‘iegaii tti specialize in adjustment and VDCEttit'tilill untimeliiig for perscztis who had SUS- tain ‘d a tt‘atttiiatic brain injury. ll then became very likié‘t‘t’fiféfli it: CUg‘nlliVi‘ fittit‘tionittg and deiit'its that affect (tigt‘tititsri. During thie timt: i had the tippm‘tmtity to Wtit‘k with Chris; Hagen arid Paige filiatiglitmssy. Both were excellent Slailsi particularly in the field til" tttigtiitivc tt‘tticdiatimi‘ it was; then that, i decided that l watiltl like: to Specialia: iii infini— tiVC rehabilitation. l returned m graduate school and t‘t‘t‘t‘l‘t’flfd my master’s degree in titmitiiutiica- tire disurders at the University at Redbirds iii (lalilbrriiai l selected a career in ‘épfit‘t‘li'léfllgllatgt‘. pathwlngy not only because i was; interested in the ticld, httt hecattee l believed that thejtil; duties (“avid be perim‘titmi from a it'hctélt‘liaii: l think that it: is, very itiiptirtatit for persons with disabilities it) explore tiiaiiyjtib Upptlx‘ltliih ties. Persons with disabilities Shtfliltl tint he (lie- ttrimiriattrd against in the tittit‘kplat‘e. l‘ltiwewn they must he able tr) perform the essential duties required of tiiejtib. Working 011 my degree in speech—language pathology train a wheelchair has been an t: it:- c:tatitiiial experience, nut emiy fur me, but alert lot my (trillcagttcs and pmlhssors. Wi‘iile at the Uiiivereity 0i“ KCdl’deS {a tit Old private schoei), i SOD” (iiStttmtmtl that l cuttid nut gain access to many (tithe httiltiiiigs rm campus. There were an handicapped parking spaces or hatl'irmmis that would enable: wheelchair actcss l was issued a epettial key tn gain accese tn the library item the basement in my two and a hall y ‘fétt‘S at. the titlivcreity, many Changes were completed to make the school mere wheelchair acttcssihic. Iht‘y (EVCH built special ramps to the amphitheater so that i could Wheel mt stage to receive my tiiplot’nm Working as a licensed Si i) also has required erwirtirimtstital mtiriifittatimts====tweii at a rehabilitatitm lmspital—niminding the midi timi of adequate parking, specific (leek height atlittstmmits, iiistallatim'i tii’titagnctic doors (to held open dcmre t0 hallways), t‘tCtiasimtal help pusl‘tirig large patients in their wheelchairs it) my affirm; and correct pl’c‘ti't’iilt’fnt ottharts at the nursing stations. i have dCYHUHSU'aR’d that: ability to pertain“ bedside swailuwing CV’EtlLlliliOllS, iiiodilied bari— rim swalltiwing evaluatimts {t 'ith help to rates— em the textures to the patients), spect‘itlan— garage and cognitive CV’RlUZMlt‘HESS anti. (if E‘UUK‘SC, treatment with agitatvd individuals and pleasantly demented patients. Sm! Mobility flag? 5 Mobility from page 4 My experience as a patient (having gone through rehahilitzttion myself) and mm as a certi= fietl SLP has allnwecl me to he a rule model: for many of my patients 'l‘hey see me as a successful professional, a husband, and father of three hays They will when state, “it'yon can tin it, so can if” At least for me, sueeess is not measured by the ability to regain the use oi“ my legs (as seen and heard in the. media), hut how i perform as at pen by Patricia Be With? n about the second grade, seeing at night did not seem as effortless for me as it did far my neighborhoml friends when we tried to catch fireflies in the dark“ By fourth gratin l wonki Cling to mihngs when descending or ascend=~ ing stairs. If frientis described the constellations in the: evening sky, I pretended to see the star patterns too. {in the eighth gratis trip to Seaside Heights, N], l war— ried about being separateci from the group after dusk end ahmrt missing the: hus ride home. A friend led me ar‘nund through the dim arcades. Any high school physical eduea— tion activity that involved the visual tmcking of a baseball or even a voileyhall was an act of futility. Classmates mentioned that l appeared to ignore them as we passed in the haliwnysa l Wtintiered haw they could pass between classes up and down at dim stairway st» quiekly. The night blind- ness t as at dramatic, Of the certified enveloping blackness. SLPS WhO reparted increasingly, i received more than my share at hlack and having 0 disabling condition, chant hiue zrmrhs colliding with coffee tables and tlesks. At SChGOl, it prnved easier to listen intently than it.) take Minions notes and seem the indistinct ttnntmst resolution between chalk. writing and the inward. i missed gestural cnes one Oi every but identiiieti an QUdll’Ot‘y disability nnn nearly one Ci every five identified visual fiisnhiiity. iSQUt’ce: ASHA’S l99‘7 Omnibus Survey) such as pointing or an tmtstretcl‘ied hanti. But the verdict was always the winemgtl/le VlSlUH. l Could read; withnut glasses. Gradually; C(Dlt)!‘ rerngnitinn became inconsistent. Glare was a pmhlem. in my twenties, aitez‘ earning a degree in speet:lr=lan= guage pathology, electroretinogmm results eoni‘irtneé zt diagnosis 0t“ retinitis pigmentnsa (Rl’). 'l‘in’mei vision in“ ioss of peripheral field was the result, 80 was hypersensitivity to light itntl diminished light adaptatiun. Visuui impairment. is tleserihed in terms of acuity or field ot‘visiun. My impairment is characterized hy severe eunstrietinn of the visual field. Acuity is measured according son, the way l help my patients, howl function in my fz-nnily, and the way l contribute tn satiety. i am very eornl‘nrtahie as an Slit}; l hive myjt'nh anti my Ctiwrnhers l have recently started to more inn) the teaching girotessirm. i am an: titliunrt gin} iizssrn‘ zit Lama lintia University and at any alma mater, the liniwrsity of Retilands. i give lettmres and p21 tittirmte in the Center fur liiszthiii . is at "Western University of Health St‘lttiltit’ in Pnniunzn See Visual Impaimrm {raga 2t) l have a lot tn Offer the sin— dents at. all tiniversitiesm-rmt only my protessimtal expertise, but also my experience of being a successhrl per‘snn with a disability. hh Catrina? Sent! Ejtnke! in} emaii at Mutt. Li’mfimtrflrpl. net“ ignites juiy 24‘ 2001 5 ...
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