Institute Publications

Resources and Training for Families of Adolescents with Disabilities

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
Kennedy Krieger’s Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities offers resources, services, and trainings to help families understand and address transition-related issues.

Maureen van Stone of Project HEAL helped Jeffrey West get the school services he needed.Any family who has an adult with a disability can tell you that adult service systems are complex.

Transition Success Story: James Williams III

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
James is redefining his potential thanks to more than 15 years of services at Kennedy Krieger, and parents who actively sought out vocational, employment, and social opportunities in the community.

James Williams IIIDoctors once told James Williams’s parents their son should be institutionalized due to his severe intellectual disability and autism. Now 22, James is employed and has an active social life.

Transition Success Story: Damian Jackson

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
With support and guidance from Kennedy Krieger School Programs, Damian now has his foot in the door as a rehabilitation technician and medical illustrator at a local hospital.

Damian JacksonAfter graduation from Kennedy Krieger High School, Damian Jackson went on to complete three 10-week internships at Union Memorial Hospital. In April, Damian, 21, was offered a job at the hospital as a rehabilitation technician for inpatient physical therapy.

Transition Success Story: Melissa Silverman

August 2, 2013
Thanks in part to Kennedy Krieger’s Down syndrome mentoring program and parents who were constant advocates, Melissa went on to become a teacher’s assistant and an active disability advocate.

Melissa SilvermanWhen Melissa Silverman was younger, her parents worried she wouldn’t have enough social interaction as she grew older, and they wondered what her future would hold. Now 30, Melissa, who has Down syndrome, is actively involved in advocacy and social groups, and has been employed as a teacher’s assistant at a local preschool for nine years.

Transition Success Story: Benjamin Range

by Allison
Eatough
August 2, 2013
Early guidance from the Center for Development and Learning helped Benjamin Range on the path to a master’s degree, despite autism.

Ben Range at his graduation from Duquesne UniversityBenjamin Range, 25, always knew he was good at history and science. He just didn’t know why until he met with the specialists at Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Development and Learning.

The Healing Power of Therapy Dogs

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
Animal Assisted Therapy program uses specially trained dogs to enhance therapy.

Occupational therapist Lisa Rones works with Destiny Fallas to improve movement in her arm with the help of therapy dog Mattilda.When Stephanie Cooper Greenberg visits the children on Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient unit with her Dalmatian therapy dog, Mattilda, she gets to experience

The Cooling Cure

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
A collaboration between doctors and engineers leads to an innovative, low-cost medical device that may help prevent cerebral palsy in developing countries.

As far back as 1000 BC, ancient civilizations used a primitive, but ingenious, cooling system using nothing more than clay pots, water, and the natural cooling power of evaporation to keep food cool. Could this same low-tech cooling system be used to prevent brain damage and cerebral palsy in developing countries? A team from Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins recently developed an inexpensive medical device meant to do exactly that.

Transitioning into the Great Unknown: Adulthood

August 2, 2013
Navigating the path to adulthood can be at turns frustrating, overwhelming, and rewarding.

By: Allison Eatough and Kristina Rolfes

Unbroken

by Kristina
Rolfes
August 2, 2013
For Pfeiffer’s family, every little milestone is a miracle, thanks to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury.

Pfeiffer WhiteleyAt 4 years old, Victoria “Pfeiffer” Whiteley is funny, precocious, very charming, and wise beyond her years. She loves dresses with flowers, Barbies, and all things girly. She is also partially paralyzed, a result of transverse myelitis.

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