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Tough fight for disabled

Range of issues leaves labor force untapped

Bellingham resident Brian Smith, no longer able to work as a mechanic after receiving two artificial heart valves, eventually received training that landed him a job appraising cars.
By John Dyer
Globe Correspondent / October 11, 2007

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After surgeons installed two mechanical valves to repair his congenital heart defect, Brian Smith knew he had seen the end of his grease-monkey days. Heavy lifting was out of the question, and he had to avoid sharp objects because his new blood-thinning medication made cuts potentially disastrous. (Full article: 1092 words)

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