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Falling Through the Cracks | The agony of autism

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Tracy-Ann Betty at first did not want to go public with her story about the struggles she has faced with her severely autistic child.

There were the usual considerations of what persons may have to say and whether she was bringing unnecessary attention to herself and her family. After all, Betty had been given numerous reasons as to why her first child was autistic, including obeah.

For more about the arduous journey of one woman in getting a diagnosis for her severely autistic child nearly eight years late and how a lack of support robbed her of 13 years of her life, see today's print edition of The Sunday Gleaner or the epaper.

See how her case highlights the challenges in rural Jamaica, where poverty, shame, superstition and lack of information abound.