Inspiring Stories

DeVant Capers with his teacher, Katie CascioI was lucky enough to meet DeVante—a shy, reserved student with autism spectrum disorder...

Liza PatchelWhen Liza Patchel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, doctors said she would never speak or walk. When she enrolled in public school, administrators said she would never play for their sports teams. Other “experts” told her she would never go to college. Now 31, Liza has...

James Williams IIIDoctors once told James Williams’s parents their son should be institutionalized due to his severe intellectual disability and autism. Now 22, James is employed and has an active social life. He recently was offered a position working full time at a convenience store,...

Damian JacksonAfter graduation from Kennedy Krieger High School, Damian Jackson went on to complete three 10-week internships at Union Memorial Hospital. In April, Damian, 21, was offered a job at the hospital as a rehabilitation technician for inpatient physical therapy. Damian impressed the...

Melissa SilvermanWhen Melissa Silverman was younger, her parents worried she wouldn’t have enough social interaction as she grew older, and they wondered what her future would hold. Now 30, Melissa, who has Down syndrome, is actively involved in advocacy and social groups, and has been...

Ben Range at his graduation from Duquesne UniversityBenjamin Range, 25, always knew he was good at history and science. He just didn’t know why until he met with the specialists at Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Development and Learning.

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By: Allison Eatough and Kristina Rolfes

A graduate contemplates his futureWhen Damian Jackson was younger, his mother, Carla Dixon, worried about what life would be like for her son after he left the safe environment of Kennedy...

Pfeiffer WhiteleyAt 4 years old, Victoria “Pfeiffer” Whiteley is funny, precocious, very charming, and wise beyond her years. She loves dresses with flowers, Barbies, and all things girly. She is also partially paralyzed, a result of transverse myelitis.

When...

Mohammed KarimFour years ago, Abdul Karim heard an explosion just outside his house in Yemen. When he opened his door, his ten-year-old son, Mohammed, was standing in the doorway, covered in blood. Mohammed had spent that morning playing outside near his village. As the sun cast its light over the...

Bob Nobles III is a student at Kennedy Krieger School Programs: Greenspring Campus. He has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.

Bob Nobles in his Young Marines uniformI started attending Kennedy Krieger in fifth grade. I’m now a junior in...