Julie Huggins sat in a corner booth at a Flying J Travel Center, waiting to meet with the lawmakers who could help her son.

It was around 2007, and Huggins sat with a group of parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, like her son Taner Kiewel who had lost his hearing through a strain of spinal meningitis at age 1.

“He just learned to talk,” Huggins said. “He was walking. The one-year milestones were met, and then we went back to where he couldn’t hold his head up.”

As Kiewel neared kindergarten, Huggins began to realize the uphill battle she was embarking on to find a way to get him an education that accommodated his disability.

She needed

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