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Meet the Kids – Benjamin

  Ben is 12-years-old and despite a diagnosis of hearing loss and Down Syndrome, he is really just "one of the guys!"  He loves spending time with his mom, his siblings, and his peers. This August, Ben will be starting middle school and having a device with the...

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Theo has a syndrome called Rubinstein Taybi which leads to cognitive and developmental delays. As is typical with his syndrome, he has tone and coordination issues. Although he can walk and run, it is challenging for him to alternate feet while going up and down...

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Meet the Kids – Sylvia!

Sylvia was born with a very rare genetic condition called USP9X Related Disorders. This has caused global developmental disabilities and autism, as well as a variety of other medical conditions such as heart defects and a submucosal cleft palate. Despite spending much...

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Meet the Kids – Sean!

Sean is a 7-year-old boy living with his mother and two brothers. He is a domestic abuse survivor who has spent time in foster care as his mom became homeless trying to leave an abusive home. He has been diagnosed with:  Intellectual Disability, Parechovirus Type 3...

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Meet the Kids – Penny!

It's that time of year! Time for kids to play outside, hang out with the friends, and ride their bikes.  But, not all bikes are available for a child with developmental disabilities. Meet Penny, a happy ten-year-old with a diagnosis of Fragile X and Autism. She loves...

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Meet the Kids – Gabriel

Meet Gabriel, a 4-year-old with an involved diagnosis: Generalized Muscle Weakness, Femoral Anteversion, Unsteady Gait, Global Development Delay, Autism, Mixed Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder. Recently his mother sent Variety KC this note: "In his short years,...

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Meet the Kids – Benji

Read how a sprained ankle led to a big discovery for Benji and his family! "Benji is an outgoing, independent, very kind little boy, who is diagnosed with FSHD muscular dystrophy. His diagnosis means that he has a general weakening of the muscles in his face, arms and...

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Meet the Kids – Kenny

Of course we said "yes" - Please read this letter from Kenny's mother: "My little boy's name is Kenny. He has autism spectrum disorder. He is a very happy, affectionate, and energetic boy. He has a vivid imagination and loves Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig. Kenny has issues...

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Meet the Kids – Zara

Meet Zara. She is a determined young girl who brings joy to everyone who knows her.  Read what her family wrote about her: "Zara has a rare neurodevelopmental disorder called GATAD2B associated neurodevelopmental disorder. Essentially, she has global delays related to...

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Meet the Kids – Anthony

Anthony is nearly five-years old and the youngest of three boys.  He has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder  and is non-verbal. He is a very friendly and social little boy, especially once he gets to know you.  He loves tickle games and all kinds of music.  He is...

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Meet The Kids – Phoenix

Phoenix is a bright, happy little boy who brings joy to all who meet him! Despite being very smart, and understanding most age-appropriate concepts, Phoenix is unable to communicate verbally and at the age of three, has a diagnosis of severe expressive language...

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