The way that a child is raised after being diagnosed with a disability can make all the difference in their future. A pair of twins with autism and cerebral palsy is an example of this. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on twin brothers who have made huge strides despite serious disabilities.
If you looked at Tommy and Jimmy Crisp on paper, you would think they were overachievers. But when you add cerebral palsy and autism to the mix, their efforts shine all the more brightly.
Their parents have stuck to a philosophy of throwing them into any pool they could find. Not literally, of course. But they didn’t allow fears about their disabilities hold them back.
Both of them graduated last year from Kennedale High School with GPAs above 40. Both play instruments in band. Tommy was in student council and both are in the National Honors Society.
They have also managed to hold down a job during school and learn how to fly planes and even get black belts in karate. Now the brothers are attending separate colleges for engineering.
It goes to show that the support of family can make all the difference. Even if a child receives compensation to cover their medical expenses, it’s what parents do with that money that really matters.