Monthly Archives: April 2016

Monthly Research Updates

Scientists and researchers are constantly uncovering more information related to autism, offering insights into the origins, possible causes and even at times potential cures. I come across dozens of articles on a weekly basis, some of which seem more important … Continue reading

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Spotlight: Dr. Lou Gaston

Dr. Gaston has been visiting the Barber National Institute for over 3 years. He consults with various classrooms to assist in problem-solving adaptation issues. Sounds great, but what does that mean? Dr. Gaston works with each of our students with … Continue reading

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In Commemoration of Autism Awareness Month: A Blog by Senator Casey

I was thrilled when Senator Bob Casey agreed to be a guest blogger for Autism Awareness month during his recent visit to Erie and the Barber National Institute. His tireless efforts in the Capitol have made such a wonderful impact. I’m … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: My Brother

Brandon Boyd, a Barber National Institute staffer who works in External Affairs, recently shared a blog he wrote for Autism Awareness Month. His brother, Jason, was a preschool student with us 20 nears ago. I still remember the day Brandon was … Continue reading

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Week of the Young Child

Established in 1971, The Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children , created to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families … Continue reading

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Do you Volunteer?

Do you volunteer? As we begin National Volunteer Week, I thought back to my “early days” of volunteering. In the Barber family, 13 was the magic age to begin volunteering. A girl had two options: be a candy striper at … Continue reading

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Ryan & Bello’s

Following Sunday’s op-ed in the Erie Times News, I thought that I might share a mom’s perspective on employment. Ryan began volunteering at Bello’s Market, a family-owned grocery store and meat market in Erie, during high school. As with any … Continue reading

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