After the surgery, Kirby could not talk or swallow due to a tracheotomy. She worked hard with her speech pathologist over the next 18 months, and now speaks to communicate most of the time.
Well, I feel confident with people that know me and can understand that I do gestures and my expressions say a lot.
Kirby is a strong advocate for young people with communication disability.
... by being an example of how you can overcome disability to communicate verbally.
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