Agency dealing with increasing autism numbers


Toby Cox (right) talks to his son, Jacob, 8. Both Jacob and his sister, Hannah, attend a twice-a-week summer program. "It's good for them because they need structure and routine," Toby Cox said. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Toby Cox (right) and his daughter, Hannah, 14, wait in line at the Greenfield McDonald's drive thru as he gets dinner for Hannah and her brother, Jacob, 8. Both children have been diagnosed with autism. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — No one needs to tell Toby Cox the odds of having a child diagnosed with autism have increased dramatically over the past decade.

His middle child, daughter Hannah, 14, was diagnosed with the disorder when she was 6.

Then, when his third child, son Jacob, 8, was a toddler, the family discovered he, too, has autism.

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