Kaitlyn L, age 1

Photograph by Andrea Romero (2023)
Three words to describe Kaitlyn are: tenacious, creative, and empathetic. Kaitlyn loves to be outdoors and enjoys bird watching.
She was diagnosed with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder with anxiety at six years old. When she was 12, she was diagnosed with lupus and later combined immunodeficiency. Most recently, she was also diagnosed with an acquired brain injury which required surgery and caused her to have no feeling from the waist down. Because of this, she has started using a wheelchair. She has found new ways to do things including golfing with the help of a specialized golfing wheelchair. She wants to learn how to kayak and ride rollercoasters in her wheelchair as well. She has taken up photography as a way to see the world from a different angle. Everyone who sees her work is in awe.
Her mom says, “Kaitlyn has brought us closer together as a family. She gives us the inspiration to never give up and trust God in all things.” Kaitlyn’s family believes she is an amazing young lady who has the potential to be a world changer. She is loyal and committed to the things and people she cares about. Give her a chance, be her friend, and your world will be better for 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.