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Stories with person: Jesse Helms
  • 25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 5:15 pm

    NEW YORK - Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down.