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Excelsior College

Paralysis doesn’t stop ALS patient from earning degree

Ron Miller, 46, a ventilator-assisted resident at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk, Va., recently completed his associate degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College in Albany, using
eye-gaze computer technology to take classes.
Ron Miller, 46, a ventilator-assisted resident at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk, Va., recently completed his associate degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College in Albany, using eye-gaze computer technology to take classes.
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When Ron Miller, 46, was diagnosed 14 years ago with advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — finishing a college degree seemed out of the question. But with the help of Excelsior College, Miller will graduate Friday with an associate degree in liberal arts. “As Ron notes in his emails, ‘He may have ALS, but it does not have him,’ ” said Valerie DiCioccio, the college’s associate director of financial ...

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