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SHERYL CROW
Sheryl Crow, singer-songwriter, winner of nine
Grammy Awards, and political activist, has
struggled with depression most of her life. As a
child she would go through long periods of
depression and also experienced sleep paralysis
and a fear that she would die during her sleep. Of
her chronic depression, she has said, “I grew up in
the presence of melancholy. . . . It is a shadow for
me. It’s part of who I am. It is constantly there. I
just know how, at this point, to sort of manage it.”
Her depression is inherited. “It’s like a chemical
thing in my family. My dad and I both have severe
mood swings. We laugh about it, but we have
really high highs and really low lows.”
THE STUDENT WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY
Students with physical disabilities that affect mobility have
conditions ranging in severity from low stamina to paralysis.
Sensory impairments range from low vision and hearing to
compete blindness or deafness. For some, the condition was
present at birth; for others, the impairment is the result of an
injury.
This group of students faces all of the challenges experienced
by their non-disabled peers as well as additional stress
caused by the disability. A student with a physical disability