photograph by: Nancy Carsten (2019)

Eli parents describe him as a bubbly one-year-old. He is always full of laughter and smiles, sparking a joy in himself and others they can’t help but admire.

With eight other siblings in the household, Eli always has someone to play outside with him. This is his favorite way to spend the day. Their family also includes their pet cat, dog, and pony. When Eli isn’t enjoying his favorite songs or bonding with his siblings, he can be found making a splash at the local pool. He
has already developed a love for the water, finding a passion
for swimming. Eli continues to make progress mentally and physically. Recently, he sat up by himself for the first time, signifying a major milestone.

Eli is determined to conquer his next goal, learning to walk! Eli has a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and he never ceases to amaze those around him. He is always showing others everything that he is capable of achieving.

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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