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A Glimpse into the Education, Career Development & Transition Program

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With proper development and planning, the lives of children with chronic illness and disabilities can be extremely satisfying, productive and life impacting. Below is a glimpse inside the workings of the Education, Career Development and Transition program.

"Through These Doors Walk Champions" is the message seen by the University of Alabama football players each day as they walk from their locker room out onto the field. Like other avid college football fans, I agreed with this statement for many years of proudly pulling for my team, the Crimson Tide.

In my book, the young men who wore the Crimson jersey were the finest example of discipline, dedication, hard work, and raw courage to be found. No one could have made me think differently... no one except a little boy with a chronic illness who needed help keeping up with his fourth grade class back in Mississippi while waiting for his father to get a kidney transplant; or a teenager with Sjogren's Syndrome who came for tutoring three days a week at Children's Harbor, was kicked out of college because of absences due to hospitalizations, went to court alone to get reinstated, remained on the Dean's List, and was finally accepted into nursing school; or a young man with a heart transplant who just wanted to earn his GED, and before he passed away, he DID!

Five years of having the privilege of teaching and working with these disciplined, dedicated, and courageous children and teens has made me realize we should all take a knee at Children's Harbor for "Through These Doors Walk Champions."

A student at the Children's Harbor Education, Career Development & Transition program prepares for class.

 

Janice Crow, M.Ed., CLSP is the Coordinator of Children's Harbor Education, Career Development & Transition program.

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