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Dear Cecilia Barry, Michael M. Smith, Jane Shimkin, Teachers and Staff:

Thank you for all the hard work, dedication and support that you have given to our son Ryan Dickerson over the past 5 years.  When Ryan was born at 24 weeks, weighing 1lb and 9oz we were told right away that we would need to prepare ourselves for the possibility of raising a disabled child.  When Ryan turned 1 year old we were informed by our early intervention coordinator that we needed to start the process of looking and interviewing potential schools for him, so we started.  When we came upon ACDS to interview; right away I felt a connection and that connection was the warmth and open invitation the school gave to both Ryan and me.

It was also the treatment of not having someone feeling sorry for you and your child.  It was the connection of ACDS being a family.

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Within the five years of Ryan being at ACDS he was able to overcome many obstacles. One was his speech development , where now he’s able to name his favorite toys, foods and family members, and express his needs in basic words.  His coordination with his hands, arms, legs and body were strengthened through occupational therapy and lastly, Ryan became successful and independent through his motion, strength, function and mobility with the help of physical therapy.

This could have not been possible without your participation and goals set for Ryan. With that said, everyone at the Dickerson and Augustin residence would like to extend their deepest appreciation for your support. We were fortunate to have people like you that are dedicated to improving the education and skills of our children.

Once again thank you for all your work and support to help with our son’s transition into a regular kindergarten public school.  We appreciate everything you have done and the time you have taken to invest in our son's future.  Your success and belief in providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families has truly reflected on our son’s achievements to overcome his developmental disabilities.

Sincerely,

Ruby Augustin

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