Struggling to achieve: More support needed on the Big Island for special needs children and adults

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Rosalinda Larkin, president and founder of Autism Support and Disability Center, with Ceraida Amar, ASDC vice president, and Marta Birchard, ASDC board member, stand for a portrait on Nov. 3 in Hilo.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Omak Moses, 35, and his mother, Filomena Milong, sit together at their home in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Nov. 22, 2021. Milong hopes to one day join a support group to help connect with other families while Moses can get to know others like him.

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a two-part series about the challenges people with special needs have getting help in Hawaii County.