Nelio is a boy who is often in his own world. He is autistic and spends much of his time alone, but from time to time will interact with others. Nelio also has a seizure disorder.

Nelio was abandoned by his family at General Hospital because of his disabilities. Besides his autism and intellectual disabilities, Nelio also had a severe problem with is right leg when he was discovered at the hospital by representatives from Doctors Without Borders in December 2006, and could no longer walk. The staff at Doctors Without Borders took Nelio to one of their hospitals in Port-au-Prince and performed a surgery which allowed Nelio to walk again. After he recovered they brought him to Wings of Hope, because they were not able to provide him with a home or long-term care.

Nelio doesn’t talk much, but he does babble quite a bit. He does have the ability to speak and will repeat words others are saying. He also repeats words that represent actions he is doing or wants to do — manje (food), ale (go), jwe (play), etc.

He can walk, but enjoys sitting in the wheelchairs at
Wings of Hope and observing the activities of the staff and other children. When he’s very happy, Nelio has a great smile.

He loves to eat and can feed himself. Nelio’s favorite activity is eating and can be sneaky at mealtimes, running in and taking food from the plates of others. With the attention of the Wings staff, Nelio is becoming more interactive.