DR. WALLACE: I'm 14 and live with my parents and my younger sister who is 12. We are both home-schooled because our parents are very religious and insist that we follow everything in the Bible. They do not want us to be influenced by other children at school. We learn a lot with my mom teaching us, but I do wish we could go to school with the other kids in our neighborhood.
We do not have a television set in our house because our parents sold our TV set recently because they did not approve of the programs available these days. We used to get to watch some educational and cultural programs, but we can't do that now. I wish they would get another TV even if they supervise every program every day. How can I convince them that certain programs are educational and worth watching? — Nameless, Charleston, South Carolina.
NAMELESS: I definitely can understand your parents' objections to many programs that are simply lacking in any redeeming qualities. The violence and sexual innuendoes on a majority of programs make for unacceptable family viewing.
However, I would not completely eliminate all programs. There are still many programs that are educational and well presented and worth viewing. My solution would be the same as your idea — to monitor the TV time and allow viewing of certain worthwhile programs rather than ban all TV from the home. Nevertheless, I cannot fault your parents for having a television-free home.
SHE IS BOUND TO A WHEELCHAIR FOR LIFE
DR. WALLACE: Our daughter is in her junior year in high school and maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is a very bright girl. She moves about with the assistance of a wheelchair. She was born with a spine deformity and will be bound to a wheelchair the rest of her life. That is her only slight setback. She is a wonderful young lady and full of life. Her smile brightens everybody's day!
Cindy is very bright in both science and math and is considering being a scientist. She will be attending college in the fall of 2017. I know that many schools have ramps for students in wheelchairs, but I am wondering if you know of any school that encourages mobility-impaired students to apply? Thanks for any info you can give us. — Mother, San Mateo, Calif.
MOTHER: Contact your local library for the book "Colleges that Enable" (Park Avenue Press). The authors, Jason and Prudence Tweed, investigated over 2,000 college and university campuses and recommended nine that provide excellent services for students with mobility impairments.
All of these schools also have excellent academic credentials. They are: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; University of Houston, Texas; University of Kentucky at Lexington; University of South Carolina at Columbia; University of California at Berkeley; Louisiana Tech University at Ruston; Edinboro University, Pennsylvania; St. Andrew's Presbyterian College at Lavrinburg, North Carolina; Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
Thank you for your inspiring letter about your daughter. She's a living example of how the human spirit can prevail over hardship, and she lets us know there are no real handicaps, just challenges. My best wishes to your entire family.
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