Jaylen Evans, age 15

Photograph by Pamela Webb (2021)

Jaylen Evans has a contagious smile, mischievous eyes, and a one-of-a-kind personality.

Jaylen has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism. He has taught his family much about life and about never giving up—no matter how hard things get. His mom, Marissa sums it up saying: “Just because you can’t do it the way others do it, doesn’t mean it cannot get done.”

At birth, Jaylen was not expected to live. As he got older, his family was told there were things he would not be able to do, but he has accomplished many things in his life. Currently, he enjoys car rides, go carts, amusement park rides and watching his dad play games. Jaylen’s role model is his dad. He loves whatever Dad likes to do.

Jaylen’s family would like the world to know that he is an amazing kid. He understands everything you say and loves people to talk to him and acknowledge him for himself and not because they see his wheelchair. Mom says: “I never want him to be hidden from the world or the people in it.”

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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