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Most special-needs children require lifelong support services

Each time the military reassigned Tom Connell — to California, Texas, New York, Ohio — he and wife Linda began anew the search for services for their special-needs son, Devon.

The couple made Washington Twp. their home after Connell’s retirement 15 years ago, because of the services available to the family through the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disability Services.

“My career moves, to a great degree, were predicated by services that were available to Devon,” Tom Connell said. “It’s not like we only looked one place. We moved every three years.”

Montgomery County Developmental Disability Services, in 2009, served nearly 3,000 children and adults with mental retardation or other significant developmental disability. Most will require lifelong support services.

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