The birth of a child is life-changing. For the wallet, the lifestyle and the fact that there’s another human to care for.
But for many California families, there’s an extra challenge to think about. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, one in ten of the state’s children has a special health care need, including an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, or autism.
One of those children is six-year old Lucien Gonzalez.
Back when Lucien was nine months old, his parents began to notice he was missing some milestones. For example, he took a long time to sit up and crawl. At 11 months, they started to make some calls. They made an appointment with a neurologist. And they contacted the East Bay Regional Center to get their son assessed.