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News for 11.16.18
 

98 Years of Resilience in an Ever-Changing World

98 Years of Resilience in an Ever-Changing World
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
I’m proud to share with you Gatepath’s 2017-18 Annual Report, which highlights many of our accomplishments this past fiscal year.
In June we proudly celebrated 98 years of serving children, youth and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities. This incredible milestone was made possible through the ...
 
News for 11.08.18
 

Champion for Inclusion: California's Newly Elected Governor Champions the Needs of Those with Disabilities

Champion for Inclusion: California's Newly Elected Governor Champions the Needs of Those with Disabilities
California’s Newly Elected Governor Champions Needs of the Developmental Disabilities Community

By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
With the passage of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act of 1977, California became the birthplace of the American’s with Disabilities Act movement. We have historically led the nation in the fight for the ...
 
News for 10.29.18
 

Inclusion in the Classroom Enhances Community and Prevents Bullying

Inclusion in the Classroom Enhances Community and Prevents Bullying
By Ana Gomez, Family Resource Center Support Group Leader
I’m the mother of two amazing boys who are 3 and 10 years old. Both were diagnosed with speech delays, and my oldest was also diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia and mood disorder. Finding appropriate services for my oldest son was a difficult task, particularly when support and information ...
 
News for 10.25.18
 

Investing In The Next Generation of Community Leaders

Investing In The Next Generation of Community Leaders
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
In order to build thriving communities in a rapidly changing world, I believe we all have an obligation to invest in our local nonprofits and share our professional experience to help shape the next generation of leaders.
For the last three years I’ve had the honor to join other local public, private and nonprofit ...
 
News for 10.17.18
 

Making the Right to Vote More Accessible for those with Developmental Disabilities

Making the Right to Vote More Accessible for those with Developmental Disabilities
Making the Right to Vote More Accessible for Those with
Developmental Disabilities
Everyone’s Voice Matters
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
The thought of more than 150,000 Californians with developmental disabilities using their voice to vote on election day is inspiring!   At Gatepath, we believe part of our mission is to ensure that those ...
 
News for 10.01.18
 

How Gatepath is Actively Advancing Inclusion in the Workplace in Observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

How Gatepath is Actively Advancing Inclusion in the Workplace in Observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month
How Gatepath is Actively Advancing Inclusion in the Workplace in Observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month
By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath
Today is a very important day for all of us at Gatepath. It’s the first day of a month-long observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). As an organization ...
 
News for 08.23.18
 

Mountain View Families Benefit from Subsidized Preschool Tuition

Mountain View Families Benefit from Subsidized Preschool Tuition
By Tracey Fecher, Vice President of Programs
Laurie Siu, a resident of Mountain View, spent several months looking for a full-time job so she could best support her two daughters; Amy (3-years-old) and Milena (7 months old).  To be available to work a full-time job, Laurie’s oldest daughter Amy would need to be enrolled in preschool care during ...
 
News for 07.17.18
 

All Smiles at the Annual Summer Picnic hosted by the Gatepath Auxiliary

All Smiles at the Annual Summer Picnic hosted by the Gatepath Auxiliary
All Smiles at the Annual Summer Picnic hosted by the Gatepath Auxiliary
Cathy Nessier, President, Gatepath Auxiliary

Last week, the Gatepath Auxiliary hosted its annual summer picnic at Coyote Point for more than 100 individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities in Gatepath's adult program, Community Access. Co-chaired by ...
 
News for 04.11.18
 

Being a Voice for People with Developmental Disabilities

Being a Voice for People with Developmental Disabilities
Being a Voice for People with Developmental Disabilities
By Sarah Verity, Gatepath Board Relations Manager
I was very proud to represent Gatepath at this year’s Legislative Affairs Conference run by the California Disability Services Association (CDSA), a statewide association representing nearly 100 community-based organizations that provide ...
 
News for 04.03.18
 

Cristine's 50-Year Journey with Gatepath

Cristine's 50-Year Journey with Gatepath
Cristine's 50-Year Journey with Gatepath
By Bryan Neider, CEO

“Gatepath has changed over the years, but for me it has always been about getting out in the community. I have come to realize that Gatepath is part of my family. . . this is where I belong.” – Cristine

While catching up with Cristine, a member of our Community Access ...
 
News for 02.08.18
 

Sam Franco on Superhero Social Justice

Sam Franco on Superhero Social Justice
By Sarah Verity, Board Relations Manager

“It inspires me to think that people today are fighting for justice and equality in the world, like superheroes from 80’s and 90’s action movies! But, instead of using violence and physical force they use other tools. They use pen, paper, and their thoughts.” –Sam Franco

I met Sam Franco, who’s ...
 
News for 01.25.18
 

South San Francisco Police Department Creates Police Academy Class for Gatepath Students

South San Francisco Police Department Creates Police Academy Class for Gatepath Students
By Danielle Azzalino, Gatepath’s Director of Adult Services
“The Gatepath Police Academy, initiated by the South San Francisco Police Department, not only provided Gatepath students with insight to their law enforcement community officers and what they do, it also provided South San Francisco police officers with an opportunity to get to know ...
 
News for 01.09.18
 

New Film Class Teacher Focused on Building Students' Confidence and Social Skills

New Film Class Teacher Focused on Building Students' Confidence and Social Skills
“The filmmaking process nurtures creativity, communication, and a common goal. It is also a platform that can influence positive social change." – Catherine Lee
We are pleased to introduce Catherine Lee, our new Gatepath Social Connection Film and Media Arts Class teacher for teens and young adults with learning or developmental differences....
 
News for 12.07.17
 

Celebrating the Value of Volunteering

Celebrating the Value of Volunteering
By Erin Montgomery, Vice President of Human Resources, Gatepath

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
- Nelson Mandela


With the holiday season upon us, the quote above from Nelson Mandela serves ...
 
News for 10.31.17
 

Top 10 Tips on Bullying Prevention by a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Top 10 Tips on Bullying Prevention by a Parent of a Child with Special Needs
By Cynthia Hanlon, coordinator, Gatepath's Family Resource Center

Each month, I moderate a support group for caregivers of children with special needs and developmental disabilities in San Mateo County through Gatepath's Family Resource Center.  One of the most common re-occurring topics from parents is bullying.  According to PACER’s National ...
 
News for 09.14.17
 

Gatepath Expands Children's Therapy Services

Gatepath Expands Children's Therapy Services
By Bryan Neider, Gatepath CEO

Gatepath is thrilled to announce that it is now providing children's therapy services previously offered by Associated Learning and Language Specialists, Inc. (ALLS), an organization that's been delivering services to families in the greater Bay Area for more than 30 years.
With the addition of more than 20 former ...
 
News for 08.24.17
 

Writing Foundations: Having Fun and Learning Important Skills at an Early Age

Writing Foundations:  Having Fun and Learning Important Skills at an Early Age
By Catherine Buckman, MA OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist at Gatepath
For many families, going back to school is an exciting time. For some families, however, this time comes with worry when their child struggles with handwriting skills in the classroom. Getting a jumpstart on handwriting at the preschool level can set your child up for ...
 
News for 08.24.17
 

My Memorable Internship at Gatepath

My Memorable Internship at Gatepath
By Kendall Sui, student at Santa Clara University
Before starting my internship at Gatepath, I was thinking about a future career in therapy or nursing. Now, as my summer internship comes to an end, and as I reflect on the experience, I’m even more committed than ever to a career in the health field. I feel there are so many possibilities ahead ...
 
News for 07.20.17
 

CollegePath Student, Nicole Adler, to Give Keynote at National Down Syndrome Convention

CollegePath Student, Nicole Adler, to Give Keynote at National Down Syndrome Convention
Nicole Adler, a 22-year-old student at the College of San Mateo, is described as an ambitious and passionate advocate for inclusion. Her dream is to become a motivational speaker who inspires individuals with disabilities to be better self-advocates – and she will be taking a step toward achieving her dream tomorrow as the keynote speaker at the ...
 
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 ...

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