Reporting for Kaiser Health News
, in collaboration with The Washington Post
, Jenni Bergal writes: "Aldona and Pat Carney call their son, Neil, 'a 24-7 kid.' He's profoundly autistic, severely mentally retarded and attends a special school. He has tried to eat light bulbs and charcoal briquettes and can be aggressive, sometimes scratching people near him. Neil, 18, who walks with a limp and carries around a grey sock that calms him, lives in a beige single-family home with a professional caregiver who’s known him for years. The house is equipped with cameras to track his movements and a backyard swing he loves to ride" (Bergal, 12/5). Read the story
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