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Dan Ryan, Jim Whitfield Appeal

Better Together

Jim and Dan share a lifelong friendship In 1975, a 17-year-old named Jim was living in a state-funded facility for children with disabilities. A kind young man, Jim loved the Boy Scouts and his friends. One of his friends was Dan Ryan. Dan worked at the facility where Jim lived and the two shared a special connection. Only a few years older than Jim, Dan was learning to navigate adulthood, just as Jim would soon do. Back then, when people turned 18, options were few for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In all likelihood Jim would live the rest of his days in a state-funded...

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