Kristinia Peterson of Mesa is the mother of twin sons Damian and Dimitri. Damian has autism and Dimitri has Asperger’s Syndrome. For years, the Petersons tried every imaginable educational setting the Mesa public schools had to offer the boys. They switched schools multiple times and tried several different educational programs; none worked. Finally, the Petersons received a scholarship through Arizona’s program and now send Damian and Dimitri to Howard S. Gray, a school that specializes in serving children with special needs. They chose the school because it offers an intimate campus and the kind of individual, specialized attention the boys need. The Petersons simply could not afford to make that choice without the scholarship.