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Thriving After an ATV Accident
Missouri Ag Connection - 08/09/2018

Chad was involved in an ATV accident as a teenager that nearly took his life. He survived a traumatic brain injury and comma, but lost partial use of one arm and was left totally blind.

Even though he went through some emotionally tough times, Chad tried to stay active and positive, reports the Missouri Department of Social Services. He attended his home high school as well as the Kansas School for the Blind. He even competed on the track team throwing shot put and discus.

Once Chad became a client of the Family Support Division's Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), he set a goal to work in the field of Social Work. RSB helped him with mobility and daily living skills, and moved him into a Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP). This Technology Camp and College Prep opportunity led Chad to attend the University of Central Missouri where he lived in a dormitory and participated in a fraternity.

In 2015, Chad got a job with RSB as a Rehabilitation Teacher. He now uses his experience and technology background to work with other RSB clients. His success serves as an inspiration to others who want to maintain or regain their independence.

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