Jovanda Pope interacts playfully with Shirley Washington. Jovanda is 26 and was born with cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, as well as being legally blind and believed to be deaf. She is non-communicative and thought to be intellectually disabled, and is incapable of caring for herself. She lives with Valarie Williams, a speech pathologist in West Babylon. Shirley is Valarie's mother, and cares for Jovanda while Valarie is at work. She and Jovanda have formed a close bond.