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Vicki Ruley of the Walla Walla Police Department chats with data entry employee Brian Hough. Ruley, the parent of a son with autism, participates in monthly dinners with other parents who have adult children with lifelong disabilities. Hough's mom, Teri Hough, facilitates the support group for Walla Walla County. Parents with grown, disabled children have different challenges at this point in life.

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As children with disabilities age, parents season lives with support

The monthly dinner meetings give parents a chance to use laughter as a coping mechanism.

WALLA WALLA — A recent gathering at Crossroads Steakhouse began like any dinner meeting. A few folks arrived a little late, someone asked about the soup, people ordered drinks and waffled on salad dressing choices.And, like anything involving parents, the


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