3 Ways to Help During Developmental Disability Awareness Month

In 1987, President Reagan recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase “public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities” and to provide the “encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

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The Gift of Sarita’s Down Syndrome

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When I was pregnant, I was told I would have a boy, but when Sarita was born, I realized she was a baby girl with Down syndrome. When I realized this, I felt chosen by God because it’s a community that I love!  Sarita has beautiful qualities: She has peace within her. She is loving,…

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Making Dreams Come True at The Pathways Prom

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On Friday, June 17, we held our first prom. This year’s theme? “Under the Sea”! As we planned the dance, we wanted this experience to be an unforgettable one knowing that many of our students had never attended prom. And it was unforgettable indeed! And as an added bonus, prom provided a respite evening for…

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Slater Is Reaching Milestones!

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It’s a privilege to get to know our students and see their everyday growth through our program, like our student, Slater, who has grown in confidence and maturity over the years. He has recently reached goals that are very important to him, like volunteering out in the community and being able to effectively communicate with…

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Everybody Is Different, and That’s Okay

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“How long is this interview going to take? Will I be out of class for a long time? Will I be missing worship time? How many questions are there?“ asked Josh as he walked towards a table to sit down and chat. He was nervous but assured that this would be a fun interview preparation…

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Mentorship, A Gift of the Heart

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This Valentine’s Day, consider giving a gift of time by becoming a mentor to a Pathways student. Volunteer mentors are matched one-on-one with a student to build a special relationship, and work together on their individual math, reading and life skills goals. We provide the training, the curriculum and supplies, and our volunteers bring their…

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Philip’s Story – Pathways Student

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Darla and Patrick, Philip’s parents, share that when Philip was going to graduate from Union High School, they looked for a program where he could retain what he had learned over the years and gain new skills. Skills that would make him independent and help him learn safety, cook, improve his speech, writing, and so…

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Pathways is her happy place!

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Sarah is a student who doesn’t say much, but her quiet strength, gentleness, and the way she treats others say a lot about her. At Pathways, you will find her reading her Bible, smiling at others, and engaged in the lessons she is being taught. Her smile is contagious, and her gratitude for our Pathways…

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Chelsea’s Experience as a Teacher at Pathways

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Pathways to me means acceptance. It’s a safe place where our students can learn, make mistakes, and be encouraged in what they are learning. They are capable of so much and have the wonderful ability to persevere. Watching them thrive in their sporting competitions at Special Olympics is a great example of this. The way…

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