More support needed: Big Island lacking resources for special needs children, adults

  • Rosalinda Larkin, Ceraida Amar and Marta Birchard stand together for a portrait in Hilo on Nov. 3, 2021. Larkin with the help of Amar and Birchard is starting a nonprofit, Autism Support and Disability Center, to help support Big Island families and alleviate challenges in everyday life. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Omak Moses, 35, and his mother, Filomena Milong, sit together at their home in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Nov. 22, 2021. Milong hopes to one day join a support group to help connect with other families while Moses can get to know others like him. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a two-part series about the challenges people with special needs have getting help in Hawaii County.