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    The Need

    Kevin Nestor, beneficiary

    Kevin Nestor was a typically developing child until age fifteen months at which point his development stalled and then began to regress. At age two (2) Kevin was diagnosed with autism. At age 3 1/2 Kevin's parents were told he would never lead an independent life, would require constant supervision and a lifetime of specialized care. In addition to Kevin's primary autism diagnosis, he suffers from mental retardation, global developmental delays, apraxia of speech and recently has developed a compulsive movement disorder.

    Kevin attends a day school dedicated to children with severe special needs, primarily autism. In addition to his full day, full year schooling Kevin's weekly programs consist of Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, In-Home Behavior Therapy and a Life Skills Group. Kevin's daily challenges are many but greatly complicated because he is non-verbal and relies on an augmentative communication device.

    In a short time Kevin's eligibility for his current services will cease. Funding for his programs and care will solely be the responsibility of his family. His intensive services are critical to promote further skill acquisition and to prevent regression of the skills he has worked so hard to achieve.

    The Artist

    Mike Bedard, artist

    Mike Bedard lives north of Boston, Massachusetts.

    He works full time as a Project Manager for a marketing company and designs and manages a football fan site in his spare time.

    You can contact Mike on Twitter at @MBBedard or at KickSeven.com.