The corpus callosum is the "superhighway" of nerve fibers that connects the left and right halves of the brain. My niece, Abby, was born without her corpus callosum and has experienced developmental delays, seizures and social and behavioral difficulties.

Back to school is an important time for children with disabilities. Last year, Abby was in a typical first grade classroom, learned the routines of the school day and improved her social skills by making new friends, sharing and playing. The best part of the day for Abby was riding the bus to and from school. This year in second grade, she is in a special needs classroom with other students who are slightly behind academically. We are excited for Abby to have more attention where she can learn at her own pace.

NODCC is the only national nonprofit organization supporting families who must deal with this brain disorder every day. For the last three years, I have served as the president of the organization and have met wonderful friends and families who have struggled with the ups and downs of a special needs child.

We are receiving up to a dozen inquiries a month from newly diagnosed individuals. I hope you will consider making a donation in any amount to help provide access to information and a support network for those with callosal disorders.

Thank you for allowing me to share my passion for this cause with you.

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