Finding the right educational setting

Alec Deuel struggled in a traditional classroom setting throughout elementary school, but once he started at Damar Charter Academy, this bright boy excelled with a combination of hard work, tenacity, and an encouraging support system.

Estimated read: 3 min

December 21st, 2018|

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Children with Special Needs

Anyone who has shopped for a child that has special needs knows that a little extra thought and time may be required. This holiday guide includes top gift recommendations by the specialists on staff at Damar to help make your shopping a breeze!

Estimated read: 4 min

December 7th, 2018|

KJ and Tré: Twin Transformation

Like many twins, KJ and Tré communicated with each other without talking. No one else – including their family – could understand them. They were about to turn four, and they still weren’t saying any words.

Estimated read: 4 min

November 30th, 2018|

Respite Care Is Essential

For parents, guardians or other caregivers, the occasional break from pressing responsibilities can be a real treat. For parents, guardians or caregivers of children or adults with special needs, such breaks are more than a treat. They are essential.

Estimated read: 4 min

November 23rd, 2018|

The Art of Independence

Mihaela Morgan's early life reads like a list of worst-case scenarios, but thankfully, her story does not end there.

Estimated read: 3.5 min

November 20th, 2018|

More than his hardships

Marcus Ross has been through a lot lately. Three house fires and his father’s stroke. However, he’s dealt with the adversity in ways he never could have three years ago.

Estimated read: 4 min

October 30th, 2018|

All in the Family

Drew has more good days than bad days, but he still has his ups and downs. Even though it would be easier for the Benedettos to give in at times – they still persist. It’s this reliable family support system that has helped Drew progress. And what incredible progress he has made!

Estimated read: 3 min

October 15th, 2018|

Dreams Come True

As he grew up playing football, Matthew dreamed of walking onto the field of an NFL game. And on Sept. 9, he did just that. Sure: He wasn’t the pro player he hoped to be, but he was on that field, and that was a dream come true.

Estimated read: 3.5 min

October 2nd, 2018|

Just like every other kid…

Cherae Pope is like a lot of 14-year-old girls. She goes to school. She likes to play softball and swim. She loves going out to eat and enjoys any time she can be the center of attention. Just like other teenagers.

Well, OK … She is different from most girls her age in one way: She plays on a hockey team.

Estimated read: 4 min

August 31st, 2018|

Celebrating Progress

Malachi Cole wasn’t named an MVP because he has scored more touchdowns than anyone else, caught more passes or kicked more field goals. Frankly, the 14-year-old Damar Services client hasn’t done anything that typically would win applause from a crowd. But he has done something that, for him, is remarkable: He has progressed. And for that, he was celebrated as a Damar MVP at the Colts-Ravens game through a partnership between Damar and the Colts.

Estimated read: 4.5 min

August 23rd, 2018|