When 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 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.