This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 28, 2010 - Jeanie Raybuck, 18, has a lot in common with others on the cusp of adulthood. She enjoys music, pizza and long walks. Recently, she tried parasailing during a family vacation -- and loved it.
Now living in her own house, away from her parents, Raybuck is learning to cook and do laundry and is thriving in her newfound independence. But in many ways, Raybuck's needs differ greatly from those of other young adults. She has autism and requires round-the-clock care.