ARE THE CUTS UNKIND?

NEW RULES MAY HALT BENEFITS TO MORE THAN 100,000 DISABLED CHILDREN. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEM NOW?

Shirley Eshelman is physically disabled, but she manages to work small miracles for her 12-year-old son Jonathan, who is emotionally disturbed and has learning difficulties. And she does so on a family income of just $241 a week. She stretches a $30-a-month grocery budget by planting a large vegetable garden outside her home in rural Middletown, Md., and by taking Jonathan to a food pantry where they volunteer in exchange for food. She sets aside money in meticulous expense ledgers for Jonathan's outings with a local teacher who teaches him socialization skills, and a little more for his twice-monthly speech therapy....

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