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When Vance Kanell was very young, doctors informed his parents of the likelihood that their son would never walk, speak, read or write. At that moment, Vance’s parents faced a choice; would they accept the limitations the diagnoses placed on Vance, or would they seek support and believe that through early intervention their son could defy expectations and live a life without limitations. Using Vance’s story, the presenters will discuss the role that early intervention plays in supporting the entire family on their journey of acceptance and support of all of their children, from the perspective of the sibling, parent and the now 21-year-old young adult himself. There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing strategies for preparing an entire family for a life without limitations.