Once upon a time, a looong, looooooooong time ago (okay, in 1997), the local newspaper carried a story on Matthew C. Parson.
Here’s his story.
Matt recently opened up a little bit about his experiences growing up with a severe visual impairment.
It was the advocacy by his parents through a lawyer that inspired Matt to become an attorney.
Matthew is legally blind,
Caption reads: Matt Parson, who has been legally blind since birth, uses a hi-tech helmet called L-VES (pronounced “Elvis), which stands for Low Vision Enhancing System, L-VES improves his vision from 20 over 400 to 20 over 50. It enables Parson to read the chalk board and his textbooks with relative ease.
but it took some lawyers to remind the school administration that under IDEA, a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment was their responsibility to provide to EVERY student, including any accommodations for students with disabilities.
Luckily for us, this is when Matt decided to become a lawyer and fight for the rights of others.
Thanks for being you, Matthew!!
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