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Local Organization Hopes to Fuel Social, Legislative Change around Disabilities

Aug 13, 2018

Molly Myers’ job Saturday morning was to greet people.

She stood by a folding table that welcomed visitors to a kickoff celebration for Missouri Disability Empowerment, a new local organization. While Myers is also membership director for the organization, she has another, more important job: She’s a mother.

Myers’ son, Will, 7, is missing part of his corpus callosum, a series of fibers that connect the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Will needs regular therapy to learn behaviors that would come naturally for others.

The kickoff celebration, held at Cosmopolitan Park’s ADA-accessible Lamb Shelter, was part of the group’s first major membership drive. The group hopes to advocate for inclusion and state laws that better the lives of people with disabilities. By the 15-minute mark, some 35 people were wandering in the shade, clustering around tables and eating snacks.

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