Max Masucci

14-year-old Max Masucci, right, works with his mother, Maya Wechsler to communicate through a letter board.

The first time Maya Wechsler communicated with her 14-year-old autistic son, her emotions were a mix of sadness and joy. Sadness, because they had for years not been able to talk with him, and joy because she knew that her son’s life would be forever changed — and so too would hers.

Maximus “Max” Masucci, a student at Harmony Middle School in Hamilton, is the son of Purcellville residents Greg Masucci and Maya Wechsler. The couple are co-founders of A Farm Less Ordinary, which provides people with intellectual and development disabilities with the opportunity for employment and job training. They also have a 12-year-old daughter named Delilah.

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