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William “Ethan” B, age 12

Photograph by Brittany Hardy (2024)

With a laugh that can change your mood in seconds and a smile that brightens up the darkest room, Ethan is a happy 12-year-old boy. He is very loving and affectionate, and his sisters are all smiles when he curls up next to them and snuggles.
Ethan is diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, and a genetic disorder. He is nonverbal, but he always finds the determination and willpower to get things done. In fact, this is what inspires people around him—his can-do attitude and ability to continue to grow no matter what life throws at him. He does all of this with a smile on his face.
Ethan’s favorite activities involve being outside. He loves to jump, run, and play in the water. No matter where he is, Ethan has a very bubbly personality and loves to laugh and play.

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.