MONEY Family Finance Financial Planning Paying For My Special-Needs Child Jeff Howe @crowdsourcing June 24, 2014 SHARE Timothy Archibald / Redux for TIME When we collaborate, sometimes I lead, sometimes he leads, but Eli often does something unexpected ... something I'd never have been able to think of. We look at the images together on the digital camera and try to refine them, try to improve them, take them in other directions. I liked the idea of turning creative control over to a child, while I operate the camera. Raising a special-needs child is frustrating, chaotic, rewarding — and very, very expensive. The author shares his family's challenges caring for their severely autistic son.