Student Profiles

Journey to Safety

August 1, 2014
A mother’s emotional journey to find help for her son with autism leads her to Kennedy Krieger Schools.

JacobThe year my son was in the third grade, I didn’t eat. I never left my phone, even to take a shower. Jake, who has autism, was scared to go to school and totally unhinged once he got there—running in circles, biting his hand, melting down. Desks would fly if one thing went wrong.


November 12, 2013
Special education teacher Katie Cascio is inspired by a student who comes into his own at Kennedy Krieger High School.

DeVant Capers with his teacher, Katie CascioI was lucky enough to meet DeVante—a shy, reserved student with autism spectrum disorder—during my first year as an assistant teacher at

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  • Transition Success Story: Damian Jackson

    by Kristina
    August 2, 2013
    With support and guidance from Kennedy Krieger School Programs, Damian now has his foot in the door as a rehabilitation technician and medical illustrator at a local hospital.

    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.

    Transition Success Story: Benjamin Range

    by Allison
    August 2, 2013
    Early guidance from the Center for Development and Learning helped Benjamin Range on the path to a master’s degree, despite autism.

    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.

    Transitioning into the Great Unknown: Adulthood

    August 2, 2013
    Navigating the path to adulthood can be at turns frustrating, overwhelming, and rewarding.

    By: Allison Eatough and Kristina Rolfes

    In My Own Words: Bob Nobles III

    by Abigail
    August 2, 2013
    A student at Kennedy Krieger has his sights set on the Naval Academy.

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

    Bringing Back Matthew

    by Kristina
    November 2, 2012
    After surviving a horrific car crash, Matthew Slattery defied expectations in his recovery from traumatic brain injury.

    In an instant, the Slattery family was shattered.

    Susan Slattery and her two sons, Matthew and Peter, were on their way home from visiting family in Ohio on a sunny August day in 2010 when tragedy struck. A truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, barreling into Susan Slattery’s car and pushing it under a tractor trailer, killing her and critically injuring 12-year-old Matthew and 16-year-old Peter. Peter fractured his pelvis and eye socket, while Matthew suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, losing 80 percent of his blood.

    Going for the Gold: How Colbie Found Herself Through Kennedy Krieger's Physically Challenged Sports Program

    Colbie BratlieColbie Bratlie wants to be a world champion. And the odds are good that she will be because she competes in wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, track, field, archery, table tennis, and swimming. The athletic 14- year-old already seems Herculean for her stamina and determination, but when you add in that she has cerebral palsy, it truly does make her accomplishments seem superhuman.

    One Child with Autism: Why A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Doesn't Work in Autism Education

    A Day at the Aquarium

    Justin with His Sister"Mom, Lauren pinched me," Justin calls back to his mother. He and his little sister, Lauren, are walking arm in arm through Baltimore's Inner Harbor on their way to the National Aquarium. Just over a year ago, this trip might not have been possible. Justin has autism, and he had a hard time doing anything outside of his established routine.

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