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Kim and Cole Stephens.

Kim and Cole Stephens.

By Kim Stephens

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Many people may think, “Well, that’s nice, but that doesn’t really impact me.”

That’s the way I felt until one moment almost two and a half years ago. That was the moment my two-year old son was diagnosed with a life-threatening, progressive disease – Hunter Syndrome. From that moment on he was a child with a disability, and I became a special needs mom.

I’ve always been a strong supporter of people with disabilities. I worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for three years, and for almost four years, I was a part of IBM’s AccessibilityCenter, now called the Human Ability and Accessibility Center. But until that moment in the doctor’s office when the full impact of raising a child with a disability came crashing down on me, it wasn’t personal. Now it is. Continue Reading »

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