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Caring for the Caregiver

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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Memories Sweeter than Candy!

Each year, as the month of October draws to a close, I look forward to the spooktacular fun that fills the school!  The parade this year was Virtual, but it was still fun. The parade always brings back sweet memories … Continue reading

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What makes our school special?

What makes our school special? I strongly suggest our faculty! Our special education teachers, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists and many others are truly the heartbeat of the Elizabeth Lee Black School. As October is Physical Therapy … Continue reading

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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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