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Subject: Special Education

Broken Wings Series

This series is a pioneer effort to change public perceptions of disability. Each episode profiles the struggles, dreams, and accomplishments of an adult or child with a specific form of disability, such as blindness, dwarfism, or paraplegia. We see the daily challenges of living with such a disability and the ways Click for more

1. Linda Storey: Bending as the Willow

1. Linda Storey: Bending as the Willow

"Highly Recommended. Linda Storey gives a voice to millions of Americans who live with disabilities. She does this through her powerful music and her commitment to advocacy." -National MS Society
Linda Storey's life is quite a story. When she was 20 years old in 1975, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). At first the singer/songwriter tried to put the disease behind her; then came the cane, then a wheelchair, then she couldn't use her hands and ultimately lost the ability to play the guitar. "That's when the darkness came. It's a scary thing, you almost lose it," says Storey. For a while she gave up her musical career, got married and had children, then in the late 1990s she decided, "When you lose control of your body, you shouldn't lose control of your life. No matter what happens, your life is still important," and with the support of family and friends she got back into recording, releasing several CDs, including her latest, "Don't Let It Stop You," with her band, "Alleluia Blues," which also features her daughter, Jessica. She organized an advocacy group, "MAMS," Musicians Against MS, which donates portions of CDs and concerts sales to the National MS Society; she is involved as a volunteer, speaker and performer with a number of Society chapters; she promotes MS Walks; and, to acknowledge her efforts, the Society honored her with the Advocacy Volunteer of the Year award in 2004. Determined to fight MS, she gives a voice to millions of people who live with disabilities. 2007 JSCA 30 min.

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