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Celebrating Founder’s Day

Let the festivities begin! Today is Founder’s Day, a celebration held each year in honor of Dr. Gertrude Barber’s birthday and to commemorate our enduring mission. On this day, I often reflect on her accomplishments. If we take a look … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Beat the Beast?

There’s still time to register for both the Beast on the Bay and Adaptive Beast on the Bay being held next Saturday, September 11! Why is this obstacle course different from other obstacle courses? Anyone can have an obstacle course, … Continue reading

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Welcome Back To School

I thought that I would share with you today the letter I sent home with our students the first day of school. It summarizes many of my thoughts as I contemplate the new school year. Dear Parents, Welcome to the … Continue reading

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Hiatus

As we move into the waning days of summer with the beginning of August, I am going to take a hiatus from writing “All About Autism” for a few weeks until we start up the new school year. The first … Continue reading

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Make Your Mark!

In my previous blog, Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer at BNI, I wrote about the many summer programs that the Barber National Institute offers, including Extended School Year (ESY). ESY is provided to assure that children ages 5-21 do not lose … Continue reading

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The ADA Turns 31 on July 26th

On Monday, we will celebrate a second independence day in July, one less known than the 4th. On July 26th, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination … Continue reading

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Updated CDC Guidance

I have written many blogs this past year on the health and safety requirements for our students. Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their mask guidance for schools. In this update, they stated that: Vaccinated … Continue reading

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Act 66: Allowing students to stay an additional year

Governor Tom Wolfe signed Act 66 of 2021 into law on June 30, 2021. Act 66 allows students in Special Education who were enrolled during the 20-21 school year and have “aged-out” of school (by either turning 21 during the 20-21 … Continue reading

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Research Updates

Each month, I provide updates on some of the latest research I have found relevant to us. Read on! Brain structures grow differently in boys, men with autism From childhood to adulthood, there is a notable difference in brain development … Continue reading

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The Importance of High-Quality Preschool Education

The Barber National Institute has been offering the Pre-K Counts program for fourteen years in Erie and Corry. The program is designed for children three to five years of age who may be considered “at-risk” because of the family’s economic, language, … Continue reading

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