Disabled Students Declare Independence, by Design
The Chronicle of Higher Education | January 2, 2011 | By Katherine Mangan
Until he went off to college, Leo Kullander relied on his parents and brother around the clock to help him with routine tasks like getting up in the morning, dressing, and using the bathroom.
Now the 20-year-old sophomore, majoring in engineering physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enjoys a measure of independence unheard of for most students with severe physical disabilities.
Mr. Kullander has spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that causes muscles to degenerate and weaken to the point that many with the condition, like him, use motorized wheelchairs.
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