Daniel J Vance

Hers was one tough way to discover a disability.


“River” (not her real name) lives near Los Angeles, California. In a telephone interview, the sixteen year-old said, “I was attending school out of town a couple years ago and had to use the bus and there was a point when I completely snapped. I couldn’t handle the pressure of being at school. One night, when at home, I held a knife to my throat. My mother slapped the knife out of my hand and I went to school the next day as if nothing happened.”


Within a month…


(story continues at ATOU Cares