Disability Archives - STAR Center

Art of Eden Online Gallery

Star Center was a recipient of a Jackson Arts Council 2019-2020 Grant for the project “Art of Eden,” which provided art therapy services with art therapist, Sarah Hamil, to the girls at Eden of YouthTown. The art will be showcased on a Facebook Livestream June 30th and will stay on display at the Greyhound Bus […]

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a student with books piled on head. what some might feel college success with ADHD feels like.

How to Have College Success with ADHD

Is college success possible for you or your child with ADHD? The answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Recently, our President, Dave Bratcher, was asked to contribute to an article featured on EduMed.com. You can read the full story here. As COVID-19 continues to make the future of college classes uncertain, there are many things you […]

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COVID-19 Front line workers – Thank You

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. It is something that is affecting every one of us daily. There are conversations about what to do, when to do it, and how we should go about it. The problem with all these questions is the absence of clear answers. While pandemics are not new, […]

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Opportunity for All painting of Lewis and Clark as they look out across the new land.

Opportunity for ALL

Opportunity for ALL guides what we do each day. Hanging in my office is the painting you see above. It was painted by Brian Hart and depicts Lewis and Clark looking at the unknown that lied ahead. When we experience things for the first time, there is both excitement and fear. When our clients find […]

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Assistive technology being demonstrated. This is one of the ways disability does not have the last word.

Disability Does Not Have the Last Word

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m too old to _______,” or “I’m too young to ________?” This is common language many of use will use, but it’s simply not true. In the disability services industry, we frequently see self-limiting language used by those we serve. They begin to limit what is possible […]

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Disabilities should not prevent employment. A photo of Travis, smiling in front of his employer, McDonald's.

Disabilities Should not Prevent Employment

When we think about what each of us want in life, we find more similarities than we do differences. Just because some people have disabilities, does not mean they have different desires or dreams compared to everyone else. With this understanding, the question must be asked, “What can we do to help?” The barrier to […]

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Heart shape next to Crush The No logo. An image depicting love conquers all.

Love Conquers ALL this Valentine’s Day Week

Love conquers all. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have an opportunity to reflect on the impact of love. Millions of dollars will be spent on flowers, teddy bears, and chocolates, which your local florist and shops give thanks over. Below the surface of superficial gifts, we find so much more. In January, I celebrated five […]

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ABA Therapy Part One: What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a field of study that focuses on understanding and improving human behavior. By focusing on an individual and their environment, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs, who practice ABA Therapy) are able to identify behaviors that are harmful, as well as skills that need to be acquired. From the assessment stage, BCBAs […]

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Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is better hearing and speech month, an opportunity to highlight the ways Speech-Language Pathologists can improve quality of life for millions of people.  “Communication is the Key to Connection.” I have experienced this to be true over and over, and I have the opportunity to help people communicate and connect in ways they couldn’t […]

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