This couple left the big city for their son with autism. See their home now.

Shortly after Greg Masucci and Maya Wechsler celebrated their son Max's third birthday, they received some tough news.

"When you get a diagnosis of autism, there's no playbook really," Greg said.

Children with autism spectrum disorder can have difficulty developing relationships, and they often struggle with both verbal and nonverbal communication. There's also the dangerous habit that some kids like Max have of wandering off.


It's a huge challenge for any family. And Greg and Maya quickly found that their hectic urban lifestyle just wasn't working for the family anymore.

So they said goodbye to their city life in Washington, D.C., and bought a small farm in Virginia.

There, in the serene quiet of the countryside, Max is free to run and play. Greg and Maya make the time to homeschool him, and for two hours a day, he interacts with kids his age at a public school.

They make their living in part by operating an organic produce business that only employs other folks with disabilities. And while it might be a bit unusual, it's working. Greg and Maya say every member of the family is thriving in their new home.

"I think you have to mourn the death of the child you thought you were going to have. And enjoy the child that you do have in front of you," Greg said.

For this couple and their kids, despite all of the challenges they've faced, life has never been better.

See how uprooting their lives has brought this family together in this touching video:

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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