Photograph by John Lowry (2018)

Ellington, who was diagnosed with global developmental delays and started therapies at seven months old, has a smile and a laugh that are contagious. She has given her family more joy and love than they could have ever imagined. She and her four-year-old brother Tripp have a connection that their mother says is amazing to watch. While Ellington has an amazing team of professionals working with her, big brother Tripp remains her number one coach. He teaches her new things every day and is cheering the loudest as she begins to attempt her first steps and words. Ellington loves music, bubbles, dancing, books and swinging. Her parents hope to help her grow into the best person she can be, allowing her every opportunity to be accepted and celebrated. They know the importance of inclusion, love, acceptance and opportunity for everyone, including Ellington and Tripp!

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Family Connection of South Carolina provides services and resources to families who have a child with a disability or specialized healthcare need. Since 1990 we have served more than 100,000 families and today our services are needed more than ever. We focus on parent-to-parent support, guidance with navigating the complex healthcare system, and assistance with school meetings and special education plans.

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