Brad is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a father of three beautiful children. His oldest son, Jacob, was born at 30 weeks weighing only 2 pounds 13 ounces. Despite a problem free 6 week NICU stay after birth, the doctors discovered he had Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), a form of white-matter brain injury, before he was discharged. At age two, Jacob was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, borderline Quadriplegic, Cerebral Palsy, affecting his ability to move and control all four limbs. Like many others, Brad was told the only thing he could do for their son was to continue therapy to try and improve Jacob’s future quality of life.
With the disbelief that there was nothing else he could do, Brad became involved with Reaching for the Stars, advocating for his child and other families and began to research different types of technology that could be used, or hacked, to help make activities accessible for his son and others with CP. Brad and Jacob enjoy spending time together 3D printing, prototyping, playing application development, playing video games and testing out new inclusive and accessible products.
Brad is a highly motivated parent, advocates for Inclusion in the school system and hopes to persuade other fathers to speak up and get involved.