Edward's Story

Typical twins, different abilities.

Edward and his twin sister, Juliana, are typical seven year-olds—running, jumping, playing and, occasionally, arguing. For Edward, being a typical seven year-old isn’t taken for granted. Mild cerebral palsy and partial paralysis mean his days are filled with specialists and therapies. Edward’s parents struggle to balance caring for a child with special needs with the everyday demands of parenting, running errands and doing chores.

Thanks to the Respite program at Jewish Child & Family Services, Edward and Juliana can play under the careful supervision of highly trained respite workers while their parents have a chance to stop and rest, relax with each other, visit with other parents and refuel.