Monday, May 17, 2010

Disability can't stop her

Disability can't stop her :: Naperville Sun :: Lifestyles

Eighteen-year-old Tricia Haas of Naperville doesn't define herself by her disabilities. Instead she uses her unique gifts and charm. Haas has Williams syndrome, which commonly results in developmental delays, learning disabilities and potential medical problems. Tricia also wants to help raise awareness about the rare genetic disorder.

"I don't always understand things at first. So people have to explain them to me," said Tricia, who was diagnosed shortly after birth when she underwent heart surgery. "I explain this to people, and they understand what it's like to have my disability. It doesn't make me that different than other people."

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