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The Other Pandemic

By Daryl AustinThough the pandemic has affected every family differently and presents numerous challenges to all, special needs families are now experiencing an entirely different pandemic than the rest of us."Everything that mattered deeply to Zuzu and is crucial to her growth and development has been stripped from her," Ashley Miles, a 37-year-old mother of three says.

Zuzu is a nonverbal 7-year-old with Down syndrome who relies heavily on routines and personal aides in order to thrive in her day-to-day life.Before her school closed down in March, Zuzu was meeting many developmental milestones. "She was close to writing her name on her own.

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