Monthly Archives: September 2012

Grow Up Great Continues Promoting Early Childhood Education

I’m traveling to Cleveland today to participate in the Grow Up Great Advisory Council meeting.  The Advisory Council is comprised of respected leaders within the early childhood field and provides strategic guidance to PNC on this project. Grow Up Great … Continue reading

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New Technology from Autism Speaks

I’m excited to see that Autism Speaks has launched a new Autism and Technology page. At the Barber National Institute, we have seen the impact that the effective use of technology can have for our children and adults with autism. … Continue reading

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Advocacy for Autism

In Tuesday’s blog, I talked about how critical it was for each of us to contact our local legislators, the Governor and the Secretary of Public Welfare and voice our concern about the reclassification of Erie County from urban to … Continue reading

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Impact of Reclassification in Erie County

Many of you have contacted me since news of the reclassification of Erie County was announced to express your concern and ask what you can do. I wanted to pass along today’s (September 18) editorial in the Erie Times-News as … Continue reading

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Erie County Reclassification

It’s time to act now. The Erie region has been reclassified by Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Public Welfare from urban to rural. What does this mean? This change in classification equals a 7% cutback in funding for … Continue reading

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Effects of Autism on Development

Dr. Joseph Barber presented a great seminar last evening on “Regulation, Reactivity, and Flexibility in Autism Spectrum Disorder,” where he discussed the effects of autism on a child’s developmental stages and progression. He provided information that would be most helpful … Continue reading

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Paralympics Coverage Lacking

What’s your view? This year’s Paralympics came to a close this past Sunday, and it drew the largest ever television audience – except in the United States. In the U.S., coverage had been minimal, mostly occurring following the close of … Continue reading

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Blake Leeper’s Story

Blake Leeper, runner and member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team, serves as an example of setting the bar high.  Blake was born without lower legs and feet.  The doctor told his parents that he would never walk.  But his … Continue reading

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PNC Promotes Early Education

In a previous blog, I discussed the critical importance of quality early childhood education for our young children.  As we transition from summer to a new school year, I want to bring to your attention the leadership role PNC, one … Continue reading

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