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Intellectual Disability No Barrier For Mom Raising Gifted Daughter


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Fifteen-year-old Myra Brown is a typical, bright teen who has her sights set on attending the University of Cambridge in England. Her mother just so happens to have intellectual disability.

Myra and her mom, Bonnie Brown, a single parent who works at a Philadelphia-area Wendy’s, are no different than many mother-daughter duos, baking cupcakes, reading and watching television together.

But they rely on a handful of social workers who spend several hours each week ensuring that bills are paid and other everyday chores are taken care of. And, when it comes to help with homework, Myra knows to turn to others for assistance.

Myra says it may take her mom longer to understand directions, for example, but she’s deeply protective of the woman who raised her.

“My mom does everything that a regular mom does, so I never thought of her as different, and I don’t want other people to,” Myra told ABC News. To read more click here.

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