Meet four Chicago-area people who have tackled their child's special needs diagnosis head on

Some people take a child's diagnosis and spend their days struggling to deal with it. Others somehow find their way, and the time, to move past the diagnosis and become an advocate for children like theirs. Or, in the case of one young hearing-impaired teen, they become an advocate for themselves and others like them. Here are four local heroes who have turned tough circumstances into opportunities to help others.

 

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