Monday, November 25, 2013

Finding Independence


For many children with a special need, being able to be independent is a goal they are constantly trying to reach. Some may dream of being able to live by themselves when they grow up or get a job and be financially independent. For a young man in Texas, one of his goals towards independence was to be able to reach and pick up objects by himself.


Dee Faught is a 17 year old who has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bone's disease. This disease comes in a large spectrum of severity. Dee's form of the disease has left him wheel chair bound and unable to pick up or carry heavier objects without fear of breaking a bone.

Engineering students at Rice University were working on a robotic arm for a class project. After the class ended, the students were able to continue the project into something more. The arm was adapted to Dee's wheelchair so that he can reach light switches, pick up objects and most importantly give him a new level of independence he was seeking.

This is a great story of how a group of college kids went further than was necessary to help someone else move closer towards their dream of independence.

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Rachel H. was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta as a child, though a much milder form. Being an engineering major, this story reached her on many levels.

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