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Raising Special Kids
October 14, 2010

Raising Special Kids was there for me from the earliest months when we had yet to get the (eventual) diagnosis of autism for our daughter. We have participated in the residency training program for several years. What a great feeling of giving back it is to help our medical providers have a more realistic ... hopefully more empathetic and knowledgable ... view of what it's like to be a family living with a child who has a disability. Sharing, one on one, some of the very personal challenges (many uncomfortable, emotional, and not easily shared) can be a powerful experience for both parties. A wonderful organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was, as a young mother, matched with another mom who was also experiencing coming to terms with having a child with a significant disability. That early networking ... the beginning of the discovery that I did not have to travel this difficult journey completely alone ... meant everything to me. My family is intact in no small measure due to the support I have found in other families and Raising Special Kids was the starting point for me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Resident Physician Training by meeting in our home and sharing experiences as a family living with a child who has autism.