As the Executive Vice President of the Barber National Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey, Ed.D. has committed her life, both professionally and personally, to ensuring that children and adults with disabilities have every opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
Prior to serving in numerous administrative roles at the Barber National Institute, she was a special education teacher in the Erie School District. She is responsible for the overall clinical, administrative and financial operations of the Children & Youth Service line within the Barber National Institute, which includes the PA Approved Private School, the Elizabeth Lee Black School (ELBS). This also includes the Early Childhood programs, including Early Intervention preschool, Happy Hearts daycare, and the Pre-K Counts program.
Under her leadership, the Barber National Institute has also responded to a variety of parent and student needs that have resulted in the creation of specialized programs such as a summer therapeutic activities program for children with high-functioning autism and a partial hospitalization program for students enrolled in the ELBS. She has also led the ELBS into numerous ventures in the development and expansion of programs in the arts for children with special needs.
Dr. Barber-Carey has her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame,
Indiana and received a Master’s at the University of Missouri. She then attended Columbia University for her doctorate in educational administration. She has received numerous awards including: Temple Grandin award for outstanding leadership in the autism community by Autism Connections of PA; William Booth Award for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity; Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women; Friends of Education Award, Gannon University; Inclusion Award of Interagency Coordination Council for Early Intervention; and Outstanding Young Woman of the Year from Jaycees.
She has served in many leadership positions in local and statewide organizations including the Advisory Council of PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative, which was instrumental in the early conception of Muppet character Julia, a young girl with autism. She also serves as a member of the Rotary Club, the Junior League of Erie, the Education & Training Consortium, the Finance Board for the Roman Catholic diocese of Erie, and the Saint Vincent Hospital Advisory Board. In the past, she has served in organizations including: International Institute, Erie Day School, Catholic Social Services, Right to Education Task Force,Northwest Council for Exceptional Citizens, and PA Interagency Coordinating Council, NWPA Autism Society of America, PA DPW’s Autism Task Force, PA Steering Committee for Office of Special Education, The PA Early Intervention Association, ARC of Erie County, Foster Grandparent Advisory Board and was the NW Regional Chair of the PA Commission for Children and Families.
Dr. Barber-Carey’s also has a 22 year-old son, Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum. With this blog, AllAboutAutismBNI, Dr. Barber-Carey will give you her insights – from a professional and a personal point-of-view.