Disability Heroes – Merrill Family

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Merrill Family

Four of the Merrill children

Anna and Loren met as ASU students in a Special Education class and are both educators in the White Mountains for the last 15 years.

Anna and Loren have 6 children; three of their children have cerebral palsy as a result of a rare neurological disease.

Wanting an opportunity for all of her children to participate in sports, Anna began the White Mountain chapter of Unified Special Olympics which combines participants with and without disabilities in team sports. Their motto is Changing Lives, Changing Attitudes.

Anna illustrated a children's book, Candy Monster, which is available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

Oldest daughter, Charlotte, dreams of being an inspirational speaker and recently spoke to a group of 7,000 in Anaheim, CA, and will be speaking at the AZ Special Olympics breakfast.

Charlotte also participated in Kid's College at NPC this past summer and is looking forward to next year.

For more information about Disability Awareness Month or free services available to students, contact NPC's Disability Resource Office, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6178.

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