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Her first word: Cheeto. Once a non-verbal toddler with autism, Ava hopes her story will help other children with special needs

It took a seven-year fight to get Ava’s Law, which mandates insurance coverage for children with autism. Now Ava hopes her story can inspire a new battle.

Rebecca Lindstrom

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Published: 11:23 PM EST December 2, 2021
Updated: 6:53 PM EST December 7, 2021

This is part of a series of reports called #Keeping. The reports expose gaps in our healthcare and support systems that lead to child abandonment. The children's parents shared these painful videos to educate others and raise awareness.