The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Learning to dance

Life has no limits for woman with cerebral palsy

Carolyn Martin can't walk, so she wants to dance, to dream. Born with cerebral palsy in 1946, Carolyn's spirit turned dreams of living independently and writing a book into reality.

It wasn't easy. Because she had cerebral palsy, her family assumed she was mentally deficient too. Not until she reached school age was her intelligence recognized. As a teenager she was sent to a Seattle nursing home for the elderly and physically disabled because her parents and the school system felt they could no longer care for her in rural Alaska. Later the home became an institute for the mentally retarded. Carolyn stayed there for 17 years, tra pped because she couldn't care for herself or communicate effectively. In I Can't Walk So I'll Learn to Dance (Zondervan, 1994), she writes about meeting the home's disabled adults:


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