Day 4 of #31DaysofSMA: On Becoming Miss Independence
Chessa Birrell is 26 years old and lives with SMA type 2.
While away at college, she lived on campus and had groups of aides that ranged in size from eight to 15 girls. Chessa had had aides all her life, but managing 24-hour care proved to be a challenge. Chessa learned that it would be up to her to explain to the aides about the independence they were helping her gain and how she wanted tasks to be done.
“I highly encourage others with SMA to experience living on your own, if possible. Always remember, your disability is not a crutch, and never fear inaccessibility.”
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Chessa!
Now back to our SMA community, have you tried living on your own?
To read the rest of Chessa’s story, and learn more about her life at college, click here.
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