01/10/2014 08:50 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Huffington This Week: A Better Life

In this week's issue, Joy Resmovits takes a look at one family's uphill battle to get their son the education he needs.

Greg Masucci and Maya Wechsler's son Max is 6 years old and suffers from severe autism. Max has moved through four different Washington D.C. public schools and regressed to the point where he cannot say words and phrases he was able to say a few years ago.

While researchers say regression can be normal in some cases of autism, Greg argues that the backslide has coincided with Max's time in D.C.'s public schools, and that a better education could turn things around.

Greg and Maya dream of their son becoming an independent adult. But they believe time is running out for Max to learn the skills that will give him a better chance of being able to support himself later in life.

"The window of opportunity is that the brain is still developing and very malleable until age eight or nine," explains Dr. Laurie Stephens, a researcher at the California-based Education Spectrum. Greg and Maya are "hopeful," Joy writes, "that if Max catches the right instruction at the critical moment, he might learn to ask questions. To read. To become an independent member of society."

Their best chance, they feel, is private school, where there are teachers equipped to handle Max's needs. Federal law requires public school systems to pay for private schooling for children like Max, if local public schools are unable to offer a "free and appropriate education."

How they determine an "appropriate" education, however, is where Greg and Maya have run into trouble. They filed for private school placement for Max more than a year ago, a fight that continues to this day.

"This is part of their strategy," Greg tells Joy. "Make us broke and tired, and perhaps leave us with no private school choices that would meet his needs."

Elsewhere in the issue, Hunter Stuart goes behind the scenes of the more than a dozen delivery services that bring marijuana straight to people's doors in New York City.

Typically, such services have offered New Yorkers a safe and convenient way to buy weed, which remains illegal in all forms in New York State. One former marijuana salesman, Adam, tells Hunter he's delivered to a mostly middle- to upper-middle-class clientele, everywhere from West Village buildings with doormen to artists in brownstones.

"Because it's NYC, everyone expects to have anything and everything delivered to their front door," Adam says.

In our Voices section, lifestyle expert Amy Chan offers thoughtful suggestions for how to be a more patient version of yourself in the new year. "Before you roll your eyes because the cashier is being too slow, or silently judge someone's intelligence because they are taking too long, adjust your reaction and remember, it's not your place to make someone feel anxiety because they aren't performing a task at the pace you'd prefer," Chan writes.

Finally, as part of our ongoing focus on the Third Metric, we take you through the ways yoga affects your body -- minutes, months and even years after you practice.


This story appears in Issue 83 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Jan. 10 in the iTunes App store.