Taking the "Luck" Factor Out of Access to Disability Services

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

One of the news stories that went viral over summer 2019 involved a serendipitous airplane encounter between American speech-language pathologist Rachel Romeo and two strangers assigned to sit in her row: a roughly 10-year-old nonverbal child and his father.

Although Romeo wasn’t sure what part of the world the two were from, she had the distinct sense that it was someplace that didn’t provide the extensive range of disability services that children and families have ready access to in the U.S. Multiple news outlets—including the Washington Post—reported on the child’s i