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June 5, 2023 38 mins

Autum is a mother of three children, two of which have special needs. She is a self-taught expert of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) after her son was diagnosed as an infant and the doctors and medical professionals knew so little about the condition that she was told to research it on her own. Autum has spent the last six years fighting for the medication and standard of care that her son with SMA requires and her advocacy has saved his life and hindered the progression of his disease. Determination and motivation to keep moving forward despite adversities is a way of life that resonates with many families of children with special health care needs. 

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Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs Program and the West Virginia Family 2 Family Health Information Center and Produced by the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities. 

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