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

In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I asked parents, Chris and Barbara Cummings, if they would write about their amazing and beautiful daughter, Faith. Their story is so moving, it brought tears to my eyes. I hope it … Continue reading

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Persons with Disabilities in the Workforce: Reliable and Dependable!

As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness month, I wondered, “What has been the impact of the pandemic?” To find out, I interviewed three of our Supported Employment (SE) staff, Marquis Wallace, Transitional Team Leader, Amy Bacon, Program Specialist, and … Continue reading

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Happy World Teacher’s Day!

Join with me as we celebrate World Teacher’s Day! At the Elizabeth Lee Black School, Barber National Institute, we regard all of our school staff as teachers. Whether they are a special education teacher, therapist, para educator, caseworker, or behavior … Continue reading

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ELBS Updates!

Now that Elizabeth Lee Black School has been opened for three weeks, I thought that I would give you an update. First and foremost, we have had a very strong return to school. I truly believe that the five months … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her Impact on Disability Rights

When many think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s accomplishments, they think of her role as a pioneer in the women’s rights movement. However, during her 27 years on the court, she was also a supporter of sex equity in schools, expansive … Continue reading

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Recognizing our Direct Support Professional Heroes!

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week (September 14-18) is 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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Sesame Street & Autism: See Amazing in All Children

As a member of the PNC Grow Up Great Advisory Board, I had the opportunity to work with the very creative people at “Sesame Street” in the development of Julia, a character with autism. They also designed a website, “Sesame … Continue reading

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Welcoming back our Heroes at Work!

Today is the first day of inservice for the Elizabeth Lee Black School staff. I thought that I’d share my opening remarks with you as this week’s blog. Maureen Good morning and welcome! So here we are today, at a … Continue reading

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The Many Challenges of Mask Wearing

All of us are struggling with wearing a mask, but it is a unique challenge for teachers, para educators (assistants), and therapists who work directly with our children. They are engaged with our students for six hours per day and … Continue reading

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Dr. Gertrude Barber: Erie’s Woman of the Century

Dr. Gertrude Barber was selected by the Erie Times News as Erie’s Woman of the Century this weekend! I think back to 1952 when children with disabilities were not eligible to attend school. Dr. Barber, as a psychologist for the … Continue reading

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