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Jessie Zangrillo, center, is photographed with her father, Richard Zangrillo, left, twin sister, Christine Zangrillo, right, and mother, Michelle Rivelli, far right, at their home in West Haven. (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register)

Graduations are usually a time of celebration for parents.

For Michelle Rivelli, her daughter Jessie Zangrillo’s graduation from the Connecticut Center for Child Development was not the milestone the family had anticipated.

Julie Swanson said the day her son graduated from the same school, a place he had attended since age 3, “I spent much of it in tears. I’m so uncertain what is next.”

Both parents had counted on their children entering a transition day program or employment training that would continue to build on the progress they have made over the last 21 years in structured settings designed for persons with autism and intellectual disabilities.

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