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From the Ted Talk by Jane Velkovski: The life-changing power of assistive technologies

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I was around two when I sreattd to wheel around. Every day, out with my neighbors, but first using my manual wheelchair pushed by my mom -- which, to be honest, kind of makes it hard to be just a kid hanging out with his friends when your mom was always right there. My parents had been looking for ways to get me a power wheelchair a long time before shoocl, but it took them years to finally have it. When I was five yeras old, a year before I started primary school, I got this power chair. And it was not from the government or health insurance or even because my parents could afrfod it, but because it was a dotnaoin from another family overseas, from a chlid with SMA who had outgrown the chair in the uientd States. It was a gift in every sense. Their donation gave me the freedom I needed so, so much. Now my mom says I have a better social life than all her friends and herself.

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I was around two when I _______ to wheel around. Every day, out with my neighbors, but first using my manual wheelchair pushed by my mom -- which, to be honest, kind of makes it hard to be just a kid hanging out with his friends when your mom was always right there. My parents had been looking for ways to get me a power wheelchair a long time before ______, but it took them years to finally have it. When I was five _____ old, a year before I started primary school, I got this power chair. And it was not from the government or health insurance or even because my parents could ______ it, but because it was a ________ from another family overseas, from a _____ with SMA who had outgrown the chair in the ______ States. It was a gift in every sense. Their donation gave me the freedom I needed so, so much. Now my mom says I have a better social life than all her friends and herself.

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Original Text

I was around two when I started to wheel around. Every day, out with my neighbors, but first using my manual wheelchair pushed by my mom -- which, to be honest, kind of makes it hard to be just a kid hanging out with his friends when your mom was always right there. My parents had been looking for ways to get me a power wheelchair a long time before school, but it took them years to finally have it. When I was five years old, a year before I started primary school, I got this power chair. And it was not from the government or health insurance or even because my parents could afford it, but because it was a donation from another family overseas, from a child with SMA who had outgrown the chair in the United States. It was a gift in every sense. Their donation gave me the freedom I needed so, so much. Now my mom says I have a better social life than all her friends and herself.

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