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What Do You Use to Help Your Body

What Do You Use to Help Your BodyMaggie and Momma stop to chat with Liz, who sells fresh flowers on the street.

“What do you use to help your body?” Maggie asks.

“I use a hearing aid,” Liz says, showing off her ear.

“It helps me listen to voices and sounds coming from near and far.”

What Do You Use to Help Your Body Maggie and Momma stop to chat with Justin, who teaches a hip-hop dance class at the park.

“What do you use to help your body?” Maggie asks.

“I use an artificial leg,” Justin says, lifting up his pants legs. “It helps me stand, walk and bop.”



Maggie and Momma stop to chat with Mrs. Ali, who writes poetry under trees.

“What do you use to help your body?” Maggie asks.

“I use a walker,” Mrs. Ali says. “It helps me move on my feet, and I can sit down on my walker’s seat when I need to relax.”



After a long elevator ride up, Maggie and Momma enter their cozy apartment.

“Do you know what the grownup word is for things that help your body?” Momma asks.

“No, I don’t know,” Maggie says, wiggling out of her shoes. She bounces onto her feet. “Please tell me, Momma!”

Momma smiles. “They’re called assistive devices.”

“Neat!” Maggie shouts. “Now, I can ask grown ups about their assistive devices all the time.”

“I’m afraid not, Maggie,” Momma says. “Not all people are comfortable talking about their disabilities.”

This time Maggie smiles. “That’s okay. I’ll be respectful like you taught me.”

Momma tousles Maggie’s hair. “That’s my girl. I can always count on you to see things right—eye patch or not.”

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Excerpts from the Hope-Dworaczyk Issue Feb/Mar 2012:

Qatar — The Fifth International Shafallah Forum

Haiti — Rebuilding After the Quake

Hope Dworacyzk — An Eclectic Career

Patricia Shiu — Holding Contractors to a Higher Standard

Documentary — Traveling the World on Two Wheels

Book Excerpts — How Do You Use Your Body?

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