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Girl’s love for autistic brother leads to dance

Chris Cuddihy and his sister, Meredith, attend a Young Life get-together in Burnt Hills on Monday.
Chris Cuddihy and his sister, Meredith, attend a Young Life get-together in Burnt Hills on Monday.
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Friday night, Meredith Cuddihy will be on the lawn at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, all dressed up, smiling for the cameras with her friends. But don’t look for her inside after the other high-schoolers have paraded into the building for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School prom. Meredith has another engagement. The high school senior has opted to skip the prom so she can escort her 16-year-old brother, Chris, to his spring ...

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May 15, 2013
4:39 p.m.

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What makes this piece NEWS?

At its base, its a family being a family. This is wonderful. Society needs more of it. However, the piece juxtaposes a brother's symptomatology posed as 'quirks,' with societal expectations of age appropriate behaviors These are not quirks. They are very real pieces of his persona. Did he REALLY want to join, be integrated into his sister's group, or, did he comply just to comply and shut everyone around him up. What other options were given to him. This might approach being newsworthy.

Having an aversion, or, lack of recognition of societal norms, like clothing, is called an agnosia. It is very real. It is very frightening. It should not be trivialized to make others comfortable. Telling how he's worked through this, would be enlightening, and possibly news.

The effort put forth by families of special needs folks is constant, relentless, and unimaginable. Evan families do not recognize what they must put forth until long after doing so. Doing so, does not automatically earn them notice, its what families do.