Monthly Archives: December 2014

Achievements of 2014!

As we wind down December and head into the New Year, I can’t help but think of the many accomplishments we can celebrate for 2014. My first thoughts are of our children, adults and staff throughout the Erie, Pittsburgh, and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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Top Ten Research Stories of 2014

Recently, a favorite organization of mine, Autism Speaks, posted an article that reviewed 2014’s “Top Ten” stories in autism research. These stories are so encouraging that I think it is important to share with my community as well, and to … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Christmas Season with Gratitude

Christmas. Each of us has memories of Christmas that we hold special. As a youngster, I recall going to the Barber family home every Christmas afternoon; relatives everywhere, aroma of scrumptious food coming from the kitchen, and the much-anticipated visit … Continue reading

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“Let It Go” by Jeanne Downey

I asked Jeanne Downey, friend, colleague, parent, and ARC of PA President if she would be a guest blogger. I’ve known Jeanne since we were both young professionals beginning in our fields of human service. Since then, Mary and Ryan … Continue reading

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In Memory of Sandy Hook Elementary

On Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Two years later, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends that were affected by this horrible event. For all the “Little Angels” … Continue reading

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2014 Holiday Showcase

What do Charlie Brown, some hard-working elves, and an adorable Bichon Frise have in common? All were featured in this year’s holiday program performed by students at the Elizabeth Lee Black School. This morning, students from 21 classrooms ranging from … Continue reading

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In Memory of Dr. Layden

I had the privilege of attending the funeral service for Paul W. Layden, Sr., M.D. this past Saturday. Dr. Layden was a volunteer at the Barber National Institute for 51 years. When Dr. Layden began, physicians were truly not interested … Continue reading

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Did you know that yesterday, December 3rd, was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)? 22 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to observe this day as a means to promote the understanding of disability issues … Continue reading

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Ryan’s 21st Birthday!

Is it possible? Ryan is turning 21 today! This is one of those special days where I love to take a moment to reflect on my journey with Ryan. I enjoy looking at his pictures that remind me of some … Continue reading

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