This week on Parent Tell, Kaila had the privilege of talking with Marjorie Aunos, a single mother by choice who became wheelchair bound only 16 months after the birth of her son. Majorie and Kaila have an open and honest discussion about what it was like to become a paraplegic parent, need unanticipated and sometimes unwanted help from her own parents, and how frustrating it can be to live and parent in a world that is rarely adapted to anyone except those with the ability to walk. Parenting looks different for everyone but especially for those who are born or become differently abled. We must be willing to support and advocate for all parenting experiences, for an inclusive parenting community will result in a new generation of accepting children who grow up to be accepting adults. Parenting and telling about it.
Marjorie Aunos, Ph.D. is a psychologist, inspirational speaker, author and researcher from Montreal, Canada. Her expertise is working with parents who have intellectual disabilities. In 2012, she sustained a Spinal Cord Injury in a car accident. Mother to a 16 month old at the time, the accident and subsequent injury gave her an interesting perspective on parenting and disability. Marjorie believes that focusing on our strengths of character can lead to living a fulfilling life. With her family she learned to be a solution-finder to make her world more accessible. Her memoir with Lessons Learned will be published in 2022. You can follow her, and listen to her inspirational speeches on her social media accounts, and on www.speakerslam.org .
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