GREENFIELD — No one needs to tell Toby Cox the odds of having a child diagnosed with autism have increased dramatically over the past decade.
His middle child, daughter Hannah, 14, was diagnosed with the disorder when she was 6. Then, when his third child, son Jacob, 8, was a toddler, the family discovered he also had autism.
Both students are enrolled in Greenfield-Central schools, where they attend classes through Hancock Madison Shelby Educational Services.
Cox said the children’s teachers – Hannah attends Greenfield Central Junior High, and Jacob goes to Harris Elementary – do a fabulous job. But he knows they have their hands full. And he fears his children are not getting all the services they desperately need.
“I think the teachers at times are just overwhelmed, a lot like I am,” Cox said.
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