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Celebrating the Caregivers in All of Us

Did you know that there are 40 million people in the U.S. who are unpaid caregivers?  When I first heard that number, I thought, really? Yes, Rosalyn Carter once said, “There are four kinds of people in the world, those … Continue reading

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Grateful in So Many Ways: Ryan’s List

As it is National Gratitude month, I decided to ask Ryan what he is grateful for.  They are in no special order, just what he shared with me. I am grateful for: Reading to Happy Hearts kids Diving and touching … Continue reading

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Be Safe, Be Aware, Be Kind: Tips for A Happy Halloween

Dressing up as a favorite superhero, trick-or-treating for goodies, and spending the evening with friends are just a few reasons why Halloween can be such a fun holiday for parents and children alike. However, for many children with autism this … Continue reading

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Reimagining Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Our Region and Beyond

As we wind down National Disability Employment Awareness month, I read some statistics that tell us we still have a long way to go. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 61 million adults in the U.S. live … Continue reading

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Dr. Barber’s Enduring Legacy of Faith, Hope, and Love

The Jefferson Educational Society, as part of its commitment to offering informative and enriching programming to our community, hosted a presentation on Wednesday, September 28 that centered on Dr. Gertrude Barber’s life and her journey to sainthood. I had the … Continue reading

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Together Against Bullying: United for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion!

Unity Day is coming up on October 19, a day where schools and communities around the country will come together to take a stand against bullying. The call to action is to wear and share the color orange as a … Continue reading

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Dreams for This School Year

I asked coordinators from the Elizabeth Lee Black School to provide their dreams for this school year, and I received some very uplifting and timely responses. Plus, I added a few of my own dreams. “I dream of being able … Continue reading

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Why Do I Beat the Beast?

Now that our Founder Day’s celebration is over, I wanted to share a few final thoughts on the Beast. We had 1,100 participants on the 10-mile course and 100 on the adaptive course.  A beautiful day greeted our 300+ volunteers. … Continue reading

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Building Bridges and Opening Doors: The Enduring Legacy of Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Continues

Let the festivities begin! Friday 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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Beat the Beast at This Year’s Adapted Course!

Calling all walkers and runners to the Beast on the Bay Adapted Course at Waldameer this Saturday, September 10th! If you are 12 years of age or older and have Autism, Intellectual Disability or a Physical Disability, the course is … Continue reading

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