College Student with Two Disabilities
Daphne Frieden of Greenville, North Carolina, reads this column through the Facebook page, "Disabilities by Daniel J. Vance."
Lately, she has felt she should have earned better grades last semester while majoring in elementary education at East Carolina University. She has epilepsy and was born with spina bifida, a neural tube condition affecting in part her ability to walk. The epilepsy came from having hydrocephalus, which was caused by spina bifida.
Frieden admitted straight up, "The epilepsy affected my grades (last semester) and I didn't do well, but it wasn't because the teachers weren't accommodating. It was (primarily) because I didn't do the work. Many of my teachers have been very kind. If all goes well, I should be graduating in December 2014."
Last semester, she had two epileptic seizures, and the semester before, five or six. The epilepsy started when she was 16, and has made driving an automobile problematic.
She said, "Even if somehow going a couple years without a seizure, I still would not want to drive and risk hurting the family in the car ahead of me because of the possibility of a seizure. I can get around using public transport, taxis, and friends."
As for growing up with spina bifida, she said, "Imagine being a six-year-old on your first day of school and being asked to tell the class about yourself. My response was to list all the surgeries I had gone through. Then a classmate asked, What is a bladder? Because of spina bifida, I wasn't able to run on the playground or walk fast. That caused some social difficulties. I had plenty of friends, but on the playground my idea of having a good time was talking with teachers while sitting on the teachers' bench."
Her mother started homeschooling her in second grade after the latex in physical education class basketballs caused her to have an allergic reaction and the school wouldn't accommodate. People with spina bifida often have a latex allergy.
Frieden graduated from a public high school in 2010. To get around on the East Carolina University campus, she uses a motorized scooter. Though able to walk on her own, she is limited in terms of distance and terrain.
She advised parents, "The disability in your child has to be acknowledged, but it can't be the only defining factor if you want your child to succeed."
Print This Article
LittleGiantFudge.com and Palmer Bus Service make this column possible.
Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.
Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com
Placer County News HeadlinesProposed Auburn Costco Terms Under ReviewAuburn, CA -- The Placer County Board of Supervisors will review key financial terms Tuesday for a prospective ground lease agreement with Costco Wholesale Corp. that include a company contribution to help
Indigenous Peoples Days in Rocklin March 19-22Rocklin, CA--Sierra College's Native American Club, the New Legacy Committee, the Sierra College Press and Heyday Books will cosponsor a four-day event: Indigenous Peoples Days during its Yomen Weda or Spring Equinox Festival
Beth Gaines Announces Re-Election BidROSEVILLE- Small business owner and State Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (R-Roseville) announced her bid for re-election to California's Sixth Assembly District.
Roseville Company Partners in $39 Million Apartment CommunityBased in Roseville, USA Properties Fund Inc. debuted the Mayfair Court - a 93-unit apartment community at 65 McCreery Avenue in San Jose on March 6.
Placer County Water Agency Meets Stewardship CommitmentsManaging California's complex water storage and delivery system is a never-ending balancing act between supply, demand, and environmental considerations, especially during a severe water shortage.
Safeway and Albertsons Announce Merger AgreementSafeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) and Albertsons announced today a definitive agreement under which AB Acquisition LLC ("AB Acquisition") will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway
Roseville Crime Report Digest (3-6-14)The Roseville Police Department crime report digest March 6, 2014.
Plane Crash in Placer County UpdateA plane crash approximately 3-4 miles south by south east of the Truckee Airport. The decedent is 55 year old Darla Farnell.
Placer SPCA Seeks 2014 Hero Awards NominationsRoseville, CA - Placer SPCA is seeking nominations for the 2014 Hero Awards, to be presented at the 13th annual Funny Bones Comedy and Awards Night on Friday, April 25.
AAA Funds Supports Roseville Fire Museum and Roseville Firefighters CharityThe AAA Roseville South Branch Office is providing $2,500 each to the Roseville Fire Museum and the Roseville Firefighters Charity.
Rocklin Crime Report Digest (3-6-14)The Rocklin Police Department's weekly crime report digest for the period of February 25, 2014 to March 3, 2014.
Roseville Physician Elected to TMPG Chair of the BoardChris Palkowski, MD, has been elected chair of the board of directors of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), the governing board of the largest medical group in the nation with 8,000 physicians serving 3.4 million