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(Orlando Sentinel) Florida's special-needs families find wait list up to 10 years long

(Originally published October, 2015) Greg Creese watches as his 4-year-old daughter paces across his living room. Back and forth. Back and forth. Until something on the television catches Avery's eye. She pauses and lets out a soft, high-pitched sound — not a word, more of a cheep — and then resumes her pacing. Creese's world revolves around this little girl — his "Avery Bear" with her sandy brown hair and hazel eyes. But she absolutely drains him. Financially and energy-wise. Avery, you see, lives with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a rare autism-related condition that requires constant care. She can't speak. She can't feed herself. There's no promise she ever will...

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