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A Journey of Gratitude

As we plan to gather for Thanksgiving this year, I know that we as a nation continue to face many challenges, first and foremost COVID-19. However, I do believe that each of us have much to be thankful for.  The poet, … Continue reading

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Countdown to Another Ladies Only Luncheon

We are in the countdown to the Ladies Only Luncheon. It is impossible to believe that 19 years we began. As I think back, a parent of one of our students came to me and asked if she and a group of … Continue reading

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Celebrating and Supporting Caregivers in November and Throughout the Year

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of the more than 40 million people in the United States who serve as unpaid caregivers to family, friends, and neighbors. Caregivers work long days and spend countless … Continue reading

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The Link Between Autism and Epilepsy: Challenges, Treatment, and Hope for the Future

As November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, I thought that I would focus on Autism and Epilepsy as it is present in children with Autism at a much higher rate than in typical children. In the general population, fewer than 1% … Continue reading

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Challenges and Opportunities: Reflecting on Employment for People with Disabilities in Our Region and Beyond

As we wind down National Disability Employment Awareness month, I read some disturbing statistics that tell us we still have a long way to go. As of September 2021: Labor Force Participation Rate People with disabilities: 22.36% People without disabilities: 67.0% Unemployment … Continue reading

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What You Think is Your Greatest Fear Will Be Your Greatest Blessing, Guest Blog by the Cummings Family

Last year, in honor of Down Syndrome month, I asked Barbara and Chris Cummings to share their thoughts with us.  It was so moving that I asked them if I might reprint their story. I am pleased to share with the … Continue reading

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A Good Night’s Sleep

Ryan had another of those sleep less nights, much to my chagrin.  He woke up at 3, immediately called  to tell me that he had a nightmare. My comment: “It’s 3 o’clock and the middle of the night. Go back … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Get Moving!

This past Saturday was Family Health & Fitness Day, a national health and fitness event for families. Always held on the last Saturday in September, this day is a national holiday dedicated to promote family involvement in physical activity and … Continue reading

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Recognizing our Direct Support Professional Heroes!

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 13-17) was a great opportunity to highlight the dedicated, innovative direct support workforce that is the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. Days, weekends, holidays, 24 hours per day, these professionals … Continue reading

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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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