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Autistic youth finally gets his turn

Before the pandemic, 16-year-old Joshua Espinoza was able to visit his family every weekend. But for the last year, time with his mother, father and brother has been limited to quick sessions at his group home to reduce the chances of coronavirus infection.

Before the pandemic, 16-year-old Joshua Espinoza was able to visit his family every weekend. But for the last year, time with his mother, father and brother has been limited to quick sessions at his group home to reduce the chances of coronavirus infection.

As of Monday, the 11th grader with severe autism is among an estimated 4.4 million statewide with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities who will join the state's vaccine priority list, significantly increasing his odds of receiving the doses he needs to once again travel to his family's home in Paradise Hills.

It has been heartbreakingly clear, said his mother, Maria Espinoza, that her son really, really misses their weekends together.  Read more here

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