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News for 06.16.17
 

The Deepest Love – A Stepfather’s Perspective

The Deepest Love – A Stepfather’s Perspective
By Dr. Alan Carlos Hernandez, Gatepath Program Committee Member and Father of Manuel
A Night I’ll Never Forget
One night in the summer of 1989, a police officer came to our home to inform us that Manuel (“Manny”), my wife’s 19-year-old son and my stepson, had been hurt and that we needed to go immediately to San Francisco General Hospital (SF ...
 
News for 06.16.17
 

Action Alert: Five Ways To Use Your Voice to SAVE Medicaid

Action Alert: Five Ways To Use Your Voice to SAVE Medicaid
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
Right now, it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard. U.S. Senators have until July 5th to decide the fate of Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and are proposing more than $800 billion in cuts, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  Medicaid provides the federal funding for healthcare for individuals with ...
 
News for 06.14.17
 

Top 3 Tips for Choosing the Right Summer Activity for Your Child with Special Needs

Top 3 Tips for Choosing the Right Summer Activity for Your Child with Special Needs
By Marcy Uecker, Family Resource Center Coordinator
As staff at Gatepath’s Family Resource Center, who are also parents of a child with special needs, we ask ourselves each summer, “What are the best activities for our kids?”  Like most parents, the answer is always -- summer camps! They offer a variety of options, locations, themes, and times, ...
 
News for 06.01.17
 

Honoring Creative and Supportive Educators

Honoring Creative and Supportive Educators
By Jennie Chien, M.A.,ECSE, Director of Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Last Month, we celebrated the nearly 40-plus team members serving at the Learning Links inclusive preschools in Burlingame and Mountain View for Educator Appreciation Month. I’m honored to work with them, and thinks it’s important to recognize their extraordinary impact ...
 
News for 04.14.17
 

Subminimum Wage: Gatepath Makes Proactive Changes

Subminimum Wage: Gatepath Makes Proactive Changes
By Tracey Carrillo Fecher, Gatepath Vice President of Programs
“It is amazing to see how the Gatepath employees always come to work happy and smiling, and they have a desire to learn and are excited about being in the job force,” said Chris Benson, Walgreens District Manager of Pharmacy & Retail Operations.
While the state of California permits ...
 
News for 03.08.17
 

Visiting California Legislature. Advocating for Our Community.

Visiting California Legislature. Advocating for Our Community.
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
I had an opportunity to visit the California State Legislature last week. I, along with other developmental disabilities service providers, shared the need for increased stability and support for the organizations that serve over 315,000 Californians. I am pleased to report that my colleagues at the California ...
 
News for 02.28.17
 

A Memorable Evening with Colin Farrell

A Memorable Evening with Colin Farrell
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
“What one person deems a disability, another person deems … an opportunity to show the strength and deep reserve of the human spirit.” – Colin Farrell
On March 23, award-winning actor, Colin Farrell, will join Gatepath for a memorable evening to share his personal story of what it means to raise a child who is ...
 
News for 02.23.17
 

Electronic Arts Conducts Training on Workplace Inclusion

Electronic Arts Conducts Training on Workplace Inclusion
The path to an inclusive workplace starts with asking what it means to hire people with different abilities. Electronic Arts (EA) recently brought together human resources professionals from their offices throughout North America for a training session on the importance of having a diverse workforce and hiring people with special needs and ...
 
News for 02.09.17
 

Check out Our Newly Renovated Program Spaces!

Check out Our Newly Renovated Program Spaces!
By Erin Montgomery
“Architecture is the expression of values.” – Norman Foster
Gatepath’s program space and learning environments reflect our values and vision of creating a world where people of all abilities are respected, accepted and included. Two recent renovation projects have made significant improvements for our adult programs, creating ...
 
News for 02.09.17
 

Practicing Self-Advocacy During Java with Jerry

Practicing Self-Advocacy During Java with Jerry
By Norma Hernandez
As a staff member in Gatepath’s adult services, I’m always looking for new experiences for the people I serve. Every month, Senator Jerry Hill hosts Java with Jerry in locations throughout the Bay Area to give his constituents the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas – all over a free cup of coffee! When I heard about ...
 
News for 01.12.17
 

Welcome to our New Board Members

Welcome to our New Board Members
By Bryan Neider, Gatepath CEO
We have an amazing board at Gatepath and adding new members is a great way to continue furthering our objective of creating a world where individuals of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included.
I’m excited to announce the addition of four new board members: Jeff Brown (Senior Vice President of ...
 
News for 01.06.17
 

The Time is NOW to Embrace Inclusion

The Time is NOW to Embrace Inclusion
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath

So many of us have been deeply saddened by the recent tragic event in Chicago, where a teen with developmental disabilities was beaten and humiliated by his peers live on Facebook. It is a stark reminder that we need to remain committed to instilling the values of acceptance and respect of people of all ...
 
News for 12.20.16
 

Electronic Arts 20 Year Anniversary Party

Electronic Arts 20 Year Anniversary Party


 
This December, we celebrated Electronic Arts’s (EA) annual holiday party for Gatepath’s children with special needs and their families. This time-honored tradition features one-on-one quiet time with Santa, where families can take as many pictures as they want in a sensory-friendly location without having to endure the stress of waiting in ...
 
News for 12.20.16
 

GoPro Volunteers Foster Inclusion for the Holidays

GoPro Volunteers Foster Inclusion for the Holidays
GoPro teamed up with Gatepath for two employee volunteer events on December 8. Both events were rewarding in different ways; making gingerbread houses at our Learning Links Preschool in Burlingame allowed children to develop important skills, while the bowling event with adult participants was a great opportunity for inclusion.
At Learning Links ...
 
News for 11.17.16
 

Art Therapy Class Provides Multiple Benefits to People with Disabilities

Art Therapy Class Provides Multiple Benefits to People with Disabilities

By Brylyn Felty, Development Associate
Art allows for freedom of expression and creativity and can help relieve stress. Some of the adults in Gatepath programs are not able to communicate easily using words, but their artwork speaks volumes.
Gatepath is excited to announce a new art therapy class initially launched with support and funding ...
 
News for 10.27.16
 

Inclusion – An Effective Bullying Prevention Tool in Schools

Inclusion – An Effective Bullying Prevention Tool in Schools
By AZ Chapman
I am a 25-year-old who was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I have a disability. I blog about my life and growing up with cerebral palsy at azisamazing.blogspot.com. Gatepath, a local nonprofit that provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, invited me to write a guest blog in recognition of ...
 
News for 09.30.16
 

A Campaign for Inclusion

A Campaign for Inclusion
By Bryan Neider, Gatepath CEO
In November it will be one year since I joined Gatepath.  From my first day on the job, this has been an amazing and rewarding journey, far beyond my wildest expectations.  It is a joy to be able to work with so many dedicated, passionate and caring professionals in service to the community we all care so much ...
 
News for 09.09.16
 

An Inclusive Workplace is the Best Workplace

An Inclusive Workplace is the Best Workplace
By Stacey Phipps, Business Development Manager, Gatepath
Our employment services programs at Gatepath prepare adults with special needs and developmental disabilities for jobs in the community. As Gatepath’s Business Development Manager, I help adults in our program find job opportunities where they’ll be a great fit. I also cultivate ...
 
News for 08.11.16
 

The Benefits of Unlocking Workplace Opportunities

The Benefits of Unlocking Workplace Opportunities
By Patty Holm, Employment Services Manager, Gatepath
We see and hear about many wonderful stories at Gatepath every day. Consider the case of one my favorite trainees John, who came to Gatepath for job training and placement. John landed a job at Safeway as a courtesy clerk with the dream of becoming a checker someday. For four years, John ...
 
News for 08.11.16
 

The Impact of Interns on a Non-profit

The Impact of Interns on a Non-profit
By Erin Montgomery, Vice President of Human Resources

In June, Gatepath launched its first formal internship program as part of a university relations initiative and to develop partnerships with local colleges. As the inaugural internship program came to a close this month, the feedback gathered by the human resources team from managers and ...
 
News for 07.29.16
 

Hillsborough Auxiliary’s Pillar of Support for People with Disabilities in the Community

Hillsborough Auxiliary’s Pillar of Support for People with Disabilities in the Community
By Bryan Neider, Gatepath CEO
Gatepath is blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people, from our amazing participants and their families to our incredible staff and volunteers to our generous and supportive partners throughout the community. One of our most treasured partners is the Hillsborough Auxiliary to Gatepath, an organization ...
 
News for 07.14.16
 

Developmental Screenings: Important for ALL Children


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) claims that 85% of a child’s brain develops in the first five years and recommends that all infants and young children be screened for delays as a regular part of their ongoing health care.  It’s a critical period in a child’s life to identify delays in the areas of physical, social or emotional ...
 
News for 06.29.16
 

Raising Awareness for Inclusion through Events, Partnerships, and Community Access

Raising Awareness for Inclusion through Events, Partnerships, and Community Access
By Bryan Neider, Gatepath CEO
At Gatepath, we offer vocational training and employment placement programs that help to prepare people with special needs and disabilities for the workplace. Indeed, we can point to countless success stories over the years of those who’ve participated in our programs fitting in and excelling when given an ...
 
News for 06.16.16
 

A Father’s Perspective on Parenting a Child with Special Needs and Benefiting from Support of the Family Resource Center

A Father’s Perspective on Parenting a Child with Special Needs and Benefiting from Support of the Family Resource Center
By Pete Caraher, FRC Coordinator and Dad
Our Family’s Journey with Gatepath
I first learned about Gatepath in 2001 when our nine-month-old son, Liam, was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delays. At that point, we were referred to Gatepath’s Early Intervention (EI) services and immediately realized it was the right place for us and ...
 
News for 05.26.16
 

Giving a Voice to Those Who Can’t Speak

Giving a Voice to Those Who Can’t Speak
By Katie Krabbenschmidt, MA, CCC-SP, AT, Speech-Language Therapist, Gatepath
A person with a speech or language impairment due to autism, cerebral palsy, or some other condition might not be able to speak very well or even at all. Depending on their abilities, they can use low-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods, also ...

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