April 21st, 2010
01:03 PM ET

For disabled parents, challenges are bonding point

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/01/c1main.hands.jpg caption="Disabled parents find bonding moments in their everyday challenges."]

Elizabeth Landau

When Sarah Kovac watches her son, Ethan, crawl or grab objects, she feels proud, but also has mixed emotions. Already, the 8-month-old has abilities Kovac never had.

"He relies on me, but he's already able to do things that I can't, which is kind of a strange combination of feelings," said Kovac, 26, of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Kovac has a condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that involves multiple joint deformities from birth. From the tops of her shoulders to her fingertips, most of her joints don't move. She hopes that overcoming the challenges of her disability will be a point of bonding for her and her son.

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