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Category Archive: From a Family

Ordinary kid with extraordinary talent advocates Autism Acceptance

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At the age of 12, Matthew Rau has already accomplished publishing his first book of poetry. “Heart of the Seasons”  expresses his keen observation and appreciation of nature’s changes throughout the year. Matthew is a sixth-grader in Kalispell,... Read More

From Artist to Behavior Technician

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If someone had asked me ten years ago what I would be doing today, managing a center for children with Autism would not have been my answer! AUTUMN KOSTKA: Artist, Mother and Lead Behavior Technician for CDC’s Autism and Behavioral Services program. I... Read More

Little girl, BIG heart

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This little girl awed us with her big heart last holiday season, and she’s done it again this year! Raelynn Keller—who lives in Kalispell, MT, with her mother Taelon, father Rick and younger brother Hunter—is a five-year-old philanthropist. Earlier... Read More

Inclusion Matters

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At the Child Development Center (CDC), inclusion is part of our value system. We know it’s how a lot of our western-Montana friends and neighbors operate, too. That makes our hearts glad. Kids of all abilities, of all differences and likenesses,... Read More

Through His Eyes: a mom’s tribute to her son, who is blind

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Terri with her two sons: Kieran, who is blind, snuggles at her leg, and Brodie sits in her arm. Kieran is a young Missoula, Montana boy who loves the outdoors, music and his family. He is also blind. What started as a typical trip to the grocery store... Read More

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