WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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road blocks created by often well-intentioned medical personnel, teachers, and specialists. During summers and when he was no longer able to attend an alternative school, she found tutors to work with him at home. According to Megargel, usually the best teachers are experts but don't necessarily arrive knowing much about autism. I met with Eve Megargel in the contemporary barn that is Billy's home school. In many ways, he is fortunate. Over the last 10 years, his parents designed and built an outstanding facility in their backyard to address his ongoing educational and wellness needs. Moreover, his childhood paralleled the development of personal computing. Early on, they gave him a simple computer and taught Billy to point to pic- tures and words as a replacement for speech. Pages of voice output were recorded by his brother, Ben, who is three years older. Gradually Billy learned to use the computer to convey his basic needs. As technology advanced, so have his skills and interests. From learning correct yoga positions to planning his special Saturdays 168 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 books "struggles and victories" M E T Z G E R S T U D I O S top: Billy Megargel bottom: Eve Megargel

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