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Zach's Story

zach rotatedWhen Zach Crowe started at Signal Centers in April of 2017, he was quiet, kept his head down, didn’t look anyone in the eye, or even talk much, according to his mother, Lisa. He’d spent years being made fun of and bullied, she said, and just went into his own little shell. These are common issues for individuals with Asperger Syndrome. Life changed for the whole family when they met Signal Centers. “After coming to Signal Centers, he has blossomed! He’s a whole new person. He loves to go out, loves to talk to people, and he will laugh and dance, he wants to play games. He loved it right from the very beginning!”

Roxie's Story

Roxie is an active participant in Signal Centers Vision Services training program, having completed several sessions of Independent Living Skills and Advanced Adaptive Computer Training. Roxie said she was a little unsure of herself during the first few classes, but with the encouragement from the staff and fellow Roxiegroup members, she has flourished. Although Roxie’s vision loss once limited her, she can now grocery shop and cook meals at home.  She’s also tried kayaking and hiking, and is very involved in our art expression group for blind and low vision artists at the H*art Gallery. She said she particularly enjoyed being with other participants, “getting to talk and express different components of what we’re all going through.” Roxie is enrolled at UTC seeking a degree in Spanish, so she can be an interpreter. Signal Centers AT Services loaned her a computer, magnifier, and neck lamp to assist Roxie with her classes. “It’s been life changing for me in the best possible way,” she said. “Signal Centers taught me I can get out there and DO, with or without vision!”

Shaun and Rachel's Story

Shaun and Rachel Galorath, and their now 2 1/2 year old son, Jackson, have been with Baby University for over a year. Although the couple had challenges in baby u famthe past, the program worked with them to  identify strengths, locate resources, and achieve family goals. Initially, Baby U assisted the couple with resources from food and clothing to housing. But, their goals included getting jobs, being financially secure, and getting a car. Since entering the program, Shaun and Rachel have successfully gained employment, are completely off government assistance, and bought a car. They have set new goals and are moving toward greater stability. 

Jesse came to Signal Centers before the age of 2. Due to his disability, Jesse was unable to walk and would combat crawl around the classroom.  Jesse's family worked closely with his teachers and therapist so that he could be successful and gain deserved independence.

Jesse worked hard in therapy and his teacher worked hard to motivate and encourage him each day. In November of 2013, Jesse's mother came to pick him up from school and his mother got the dream she had been waiting for so long. Her son, Jesse, took his first steps to his mother. The excitement of the teachers and therapist roared down the hallway and the tears of happiness flowed down his mother's face.  Seeing Jesse walk has been her favorite milestone since he arrived at Signal Centers. 

“I love his story,” said Chattanooga Children’s Program Director Pam Hudson. “He took his first steps just before Thanksgiving last year and his progress continues to be remarkable as his world has broadened and his interests are varied!”

Today, Jesse is 5-years-old, and is walking everywhere and exploring.  He loves coming to school at Signal Centers and Jesse continues to work on his independence and academics, said his teacher Jenni Edge.  “I really have enjoyed working with Jesse and his family, and watching him grow over the years,” she said.  “Jesse is the perfect of example of why I chose to teach Special Education. All of the hard work has paid off and Jesse will leave Signal Centers with the skills he needs to be successful,” Edge added.

“It’s a great blessing to have Signal Centers,” said Jesse’s mother.  “He seems always happy to be here.  It has brought us much hope that one day he might be able to do things on his own and take care of himself.”

 

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