Accessibility leader found inspiration in daughter PDF Print E-mail -- "TecAccess. When her daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she quit her corporate job and started a company to help others...Making technology as accessible as possible is still an emerging business but is expected to become even larger under the federal stimulus package, Ruh said..."

Debra Ruh was comfortable working for corporate America, collecting regular paychecks and building up her retirement fund.

She risked it all for TecAccess, a Hanover County-based provider of accessibility and workforce solutions for people with disabilities, baby boomers and disabled veterans.

"I think an entrepreneur came up with the saying that ignorance is bliss," Ruh said.

Her inspiration for TecAccess was daughter Sara, who was born with Down syndrome.

"It's all about me," said Sara, 22.

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Date: June 8, 2009

By Carol Hazard



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