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Remembering the ADA: 30 Years Ago

It was July 26, 1990: At the invitation of President George H. Bush, Dr. Getrude Barber had traveled to Washington, DC to witness the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This was a momentous occasion for her because … Continue reading

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The Elizabeth Lee Black School’s Health and Safety Plan

Our hallways have never been so quiet for so long. March 13th was the last day our students were at school. We have been looking forward to when our children will once again disembark the buses while walking, smiling and … Continue reading

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Books to Help Children Understand Race and Anti-Racism

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog, How do we talk to children about the news?, on talking to children with special needs about the racial unrest, riots and police violence. I received many comments and questions from parents who … Continue reading

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What About Bullying and Special Needs Kids? Guest Blog by Rachel Cheeseman

Last week I wrote about the appalling situation that occurred when a young man was bullied by his “supposed” friends: Take a Stand Against Bullying One of our Moms had recently posted a blog, “What About Bullying and Special Needs Kids?” … Continue reading

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Take a Stand Against Bullying

This morning, I watched a video on television of a young man in Erie being bullied. His “supposed” friends were shooting fireworks at him. I was appalled, as I hope everyone was who watched this video. The unfortunate reality is that … Continue reading

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Coffee Chat hosted by Erie Philharmonic’s Music Director, Daniel Meyer

I had the great opportunity to participate in a Coffee Chat with Daniel Meyer, Erie Philharmonic Music Director, Tom Brooks, Chorus Director, and Martha Summa-Chadwick, Music Therapist. I first met Martha five years ago when she was in Erie for … Continue reading

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Working Together: Artists Express Creativity

If two heads are better than one, think about the painting that four artists could create if they worked together. That is what four adults proved as they worked on “Pathfinders,” a collaborative painting that will be among the works … Continue reading

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ELBS Virtual Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Good afternoon moms and dads, grandparents, siblings, faculty, and graduates. Welcome to the 2020 Elizabeth Lee Black School, Barber National Institute virtual commencement ceremony. Many of our graduates began as preschool children, but they are leaving here today as adults. … Continue reading

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How do we talk to children about the news?

I have given much thought to how to talk to Ryan about the violence we are seeing on the streets of America. I am sure that every parent whether your child has a disability or not is mulling over the … Continue reading

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Going Digital: our first-ever Virtual Art Show

I remember when… It was January, 2006, and Mary Cuneo, Bridget Barber and I began talking about an art show. We have so many talented students and adults. How could we showcase their skills? That conversation became the impetus for … Continue reading

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