Local mothers form support group for special needs children

MONROE, La -- - Abbey Benjamin is your everyday mom, but when her daughter Avery was born she found out fast that raising her would not be a normal challenge.

"Well my daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy and a rare genetic disorder ADSL deficiency," she said.

As if being a mom wasn't tough enough, she needed a little extra help.  

Problem is there wasn't any.

"I really noticed that there was no groups around to teach about advocacy and what i really needed to do to help her out," she said.

Recent cuts to Medicaid, from Baton Rouge, gave her and moms  like her little options.

So she decided to start a support  group of her own on Facebook.

The Northeast Louisiana Moms with Special Needs Children was born and in just a week over 100 moms became a part of it.

A gift, Benjamin says, comes from above.

"It's a God thing God put it on my heart and I immediately put it on Facebook and you know within minutes it blew up," she said.

The group grows stronger by the day

Oh and sorry guys, no dads aloud, for now.

 "Maybe we'll invite dads later," Benjamin said.

The NELA Moms with Special Needs Children will have their first official meeting at Forsythe Church of Christ on September 9, 2017. All mothers with special needs kids are invited.


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