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What Is The True Cost of Raising A Child With Autism?

In a study published yesterday in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, we learned that autism is one of the costliest disabilities: $2.4 million across the lifespan if the person also has intellectual disabilities. Not surprising is that 79% of that cost … Continue reading

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Graduation: A Time for Hopes and Dreams

The sun is shining on our students who are graduating this evening from the Elizabeth Lee Black School. I’ve know some of the children since they began as infants in our Early Intervention Program. I met others when they turned … Continue reading

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National Safety Month Is A Great Time To Talk About Wandering

Our children are excited as they approach their final countdown to summer vacation. We as parents have probably been planning our children’s vacation schedule since the beginning of April.  I know I always did.  Summer is a time when we … Continue reading

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An India and Erie Collaboration

It was 1990 and David Householder of the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church recommended to Dr. V.C. George that he come to Erie for on-the-job training at the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center. At that time he was a manager of … Continue reading

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Helping Nonverbal Children Speak

iPads have created a buzz among families raising a child with autism. A child who is unable to speak can only express his needs and wants through behavior.  For example, a child could take a parent’s hand and walk him … Continue reading

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Time To Get Your Game Face On

Register now!  The 2nd annual Barber Beast on the Bay and Maureen Riazzi Adaptive Course for persons with disabilities will be held Saturday, September 6th at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.  The adaptive, 1.2 mile course begins at … Continue reading

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Words Do Hurt! Join Us To End The R-Word!

I was planning on writing my blog today on ending the r-word.  In my research I came across a short video written by a mom that explains what the word means to her.  This video is more powerful than any word … Continue reading

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