David Royko and his wife, Karen, talk with Rick Kogan about their son, Ben, who is severely autistic and whose care has bankrupted the family, forcing the Roykos to move in with Karen’s family. David recently released an ebook, “The Chronicles of Ben: Adventures in Autism,” a collection of published and new writings on their son and his care. The book is organized chronologically and includes photos. As Royko writes on his blog, he hopes the collection “offers fellow parents, professionals and anyone interested in life with severe autism an intimate view of one family from the inside.”
Today, Ben is 20 and living in a residential educational setting outside of Cleveland.