"How can I help?"

Probably one of the greatest learnings for those of us with disabling conditions is how to request clearly--and receive graciously--the help we need. As challenging as this task is for us, the other side of it is equally challenging. As an able bodied individual, how does one know when and how to offer help to differently abled friends, loved ones and strangers.We have all heard--or been party to--stories of persons getting their heads bitten off for offering unsolicited assistance to disabled folks. But where are the stories of gratitude expressed for receiving just the right helping hand at the perfect time? Here are a few moments I remember...

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