Throughout high school and college, Cristine Velazco volunteered at Children's Specialized Hospital (CSH)—a hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey that specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of children with severe physical disabilities and illnesses (and that employs music therapy, art, and games in addition to purely clinical tactics). As a Schweitzer Fellow and a student at the … [Read more...] about For Children with Special Needs, a Chance to Connect: Five Questions for a Fellow with Cristine Velazco
Over the past two weeks, we've rolled out official announcements about the selection of 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellows at many of our program sites. Though there are still more official announcements on their way (about our Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Lambarene Schweitzer Fellows Programs), here's a roundup of selection coverage to date. We hope it leaves you as excited as we are about the work these … [Read more...] about Everyone’s Excited About Our New Schweitzer Fellows!
When she graduated from college in 2006, Laura Seidel made a unique choice: she became a certified foster parent and spent several years serving as a full-time mother to a total of 17 children—many of whom had been traumatized by domestic violence and/or had special needs (including a 3-year-old with cerebral palsy). Now, as a Schweitzer Fellow and an occupational therapy student at Boston … [Read more...] about “Breaking the Cycle of Abuse and Traumatic Loss”: Five Questions for a Fellow with Laura Seidel
How to get elementary school kids excited about physical activity? Teach them to step dance! That's exactly what North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Donna Simmons and Nailah Adams have done over the course of their Fellowship year. These two Duke University School of Medicine students worked with Citizen Schools to conduct “Step it Up” – an after-school healthy lifestyles education program with … [Read more...] about Students “Step It Up” in Durham, NC
As a child growing up in rural Vermont, Wynona Ward and her mother suffered horrific abuse at the hands of Ward’s father. Now, Ward travels the length of the state several times each year in her trademark pickup truck, delivering mobile legal support for isolated, abused women and children in whose shoes she once stood. In honor of her efforts to end domestic violence by empowering its victims, … [Read more...] about Schweitzer Fellow Wynona Ward Honored as a CNN Hero