Independent of Autism Strives to Meet Needs in Carroll County

Anna Curtis had a small blue puzzle piece with a tiny heart cut out tattooed on the top of her right foot three years ago to serve as a both a reminder and a conversation starter about her life’s passion. She inked her commitment to autism awareness during her second year of graduate studies in autism at Towson University. But Anna did more than get the degree and tattoo while at Towson. She started a small nonprofit called Independent of Autism.

Rebecca Reinz

Rebecca Reinz — Pathfinders for Autism

Not all teenagers are problems. Now celebrating their 15th year, Pathfinders for Autism is a teenager that continues to be a kind, reliable, and comprehensive guiding voice for individuals, parents, and professionals navigating the challenges of autism spectrum disorders. Learning Links had the chance to sit down with Pathfinder’ executive director, Rebecca Rienz and get […]

Josie Thomas

Learning Links Profile: Josie Thomas

In an age where directions and maps appear instantly on your phone it seems impossible to ever feel lost. Not so for parents with children who have disabilities. For them feeling lost is part of the process. Navigating the twisting, turning maze of Special Education services and parenting issues is a daunting task that requires […]

Learning Links Profile: Ed Feinberg

Imagine in two days you will be homeless. That is only the tip of the iceberg. You’re also suffering from diabetes. You’ve run out of food stamps. You are a victim of domestic violence and you’re beginning to suspect your toddler has a developmental delay. Things are pretty bleak but assistance is out there and […]

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Learning Links Profile: Cathy Goucher of Make Studio

Artists make things and the artists in Make Studio in Baltimore, a collective of talented artists with disabilities, certainly do that, but the vision of the community-based arts organization is far deeper. As Cathy Goucher, one of the studio’s founders sees it, the mission of the studio is to put art and the artist’s abilities […]

Learning Links Profile: Brenda Hussey-Gardner, P.H.D.

Inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center you’ll find a very advanced level of neonatal care. With state-of-the-art equipment, advanced monitoring techniques and sophisticated medication, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) specialists help vulnerable babies grow into healthy children. That journey is not purely a physical one. Many premature babies […]