Ted Wyglendowski, a 22-year USAF veteran, Derby, KS, said his doctor didn't have recommendations about how he should get around beyond using a scooter, but the people at the VA did recommend he and his wife, Ann, attend the Kansas Truck Mobility Rodeo last year. "At the Rodeo, everything was under one roof. We saw different vehicles and equipment which helped us decide what we wanted," Ted said. "And I had the opportunity to network with veteran organization representatives, other veterans and people who shared a situation similar to mine."
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Delores Burris, community activist and volunteer, said one
of her life achievements was helping Wichita become an accessible city for
people with physical disabilities. That ‘do it’ attitude helped Burris, whose left
leg is paralyzed due to having polio when she was six years old, live a
purposeful life geared to helping the people around her.
Burris, who grew up in South Haven, was hospitalized at the
Wichita Hospital, Seneca and Douglas, where she described a scene of wards full
of children with polio affecting them all uniquely. She said the smell of the
hot wool packs used for the Sister Kennedy heat treatment never leaves you. And
she remembers two Catholic sisters, Sister Ida and Sister Adeline, who had
responsibility for the children and encouraged them with, “You’ve got to do
it!” She said she went to physical therapy twice a day and it was hard, but the
Sisters’ insistence to keep trying helped her get past the polio.
That ‘do it’ attitude has stayed with Burris her whole life.
Burris used crutches every day until 14 years ago when a nasty fall broke her
paralyzed leg and put her in a wheelchair.
“I still wanted to work and be out with people. I couldn’t get my wheelchair
in and out of my car by myself so I decided to look into purchasing a
wheelchair van. My friends in the
Post-Polio Support Group (formerly Kansas Paralysis Group) told me to go see
Zack at Kansas Truck. He showed me a wheelchair accessible van that I could
just roll up the ramp and drive – it’s a cakewalk! I love to drive!” exclaimed
Delores Burris travels to work, friends and favorite places with independence in her wheelchair accessible van.
Wichita Hospital courtesy Wichita- Sedgwick County Historical Museum
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