Caleb R, age 12

Photograph by Tricia Simon (2023)
Kind, funny, sneaky, determined, and sporty! When Caleb sets his mind to something, you better believe he is going to do it. Caleb loves to play make-believe with costumes. His mother, Katie, explains, “He dresses up in all sorts of funny outfits and sneaks around the house pretending to be anything from a ninja to Scooby Doo.” He loves sports and just finished the season playing on a basketball team. He is proud that he learned to ride a bike, and he has a great arm for throwing frisbees, baseballs, and footballs. He also enjoys singing, dancing, playing video games, reading books, and putting together Legos.
Caleb has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Due to the pandemic, he had two years without schooling just as he was on the brink of learning to read. During this time, his family spent more time with him in educational settings and realized Caleb was struggling with ADD, which was previously undiagnosed. After two extra years, Caleb can read with the support put in place to accommodate his ADD.

Caleb is a unique and resilient child who bounces back from setbacks and charges forth in life with a go-getter attitude.

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.