Stacy Picard of Knoxville, Iowa, thought having a fifth child would be easy. The first couple children you worry about something going wrong, but after that you don't even think about the possibility of a disability, said 30-year-old Picard in a telephone interview.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website defines autism as a wide spectrum of disorders characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior.
As mentioned in a recent column, Team Hoyt consists of 66-year-old Dick Hoyt and his 44-year-old son Rick Hoyt, and together they have competed in hundreds of marathons and other athletic events throughout America over the last 26 years.
A number of readers have drawn my attention to Team Hoyt and graciously asked me to feature this amazing father-son running team associated with disability. The first email came from a reader of Grainger Today in Tennessee.
In 1994, a doctor diagnosed John Pare (pronouced pah-ray) with cone-rod degeneration, an eye disease involving retina degeneration similar to retinitis pigmentosa. The Univ. of Florida graduate learned his eyesight would further deteriorate. There was no cure.