When the Barriers Aren’t Just Physical

Entering the playground, I heard a boy call my son’s name. We turned and saw one of his classmates running toward us.

“We’re playing soccer! Wanna be on my team?”

For most children this would be an unremarkable entrance to a neighborhood park, but for my 7-year-old son, whose rare neurological disease took away his ability to walk and talk just months before his third birthday, it was a relatively new occurrence.

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