Inspired by her daughter, BAYADA Habilitation Technician Lisa Carroll is 2017 Special Olympics NC Coordinator of the Year

Posted by BAYADA Home Health Care

10/23/17 3:27 PM

Lisa Carroll and her daughter, Sabrina

When BAYADA Habilitation Technician (Hab Tech) Lisa Carroll attended the 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina Leadership Conference, she was completely surprised to be called up to the front of the room and awarded Coordinator of the Year, and was shocked to see her family and friends in the audience, cheering her on.

“I had no idea they were there!” Lisa remembers about her recognition that day. “Now that the word has spread, I’m just amazed. People are calling me to become part of our program.

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Topics: Habilitation, Careers in Habilitation

Man with Asperger Syndrome Wins Local Election

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12/27/16 3:08 PM

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When BAYADA Habilitation Director Shaun Sullivan learned that client Kirk Herbertson, who has Asperger syndrome, had announced his candidacy for a seat on the Board of Education of Lincoln County, NC, he was pleased and supportive, but certainly not surprised. After all, Kirk, 49, has never let his diagnosis hold him back. In fact, he draws strength from it.

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Topics: Habilitation

Jessie’s Story: A View into the Life of a BAYADA Habilitation Client

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2/12/15 8:49 AM

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Meet Jessie J., a lively 22-year-old BAYADA client with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as GM1-gangliosidosis, an inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord. Although she can’t speak and uses a wheelchair for mobility, Jessie has a fulfilling life, thanks to her positive outlook and her amazing mom, Merlie, who helps her every step of the way.

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Topics: Habilitation

Amy’s Story: Living Independently with a Little Help

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2/10/15 11:40 AM

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BAYADA client Amy N., has little memory of what happened on October 18, 1988, but that day changed her life forever. At 14 years old, she was riding her bicycle to her boyfriend’s house and less than a mile from her destination, she was struck by a car. The accident left her with a C3-C4 spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia and traumatic brain injury.

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Topics: Habilitation

Habilitation: Clearly Defined

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12/23/13 1:51 PM

Habilitation services clearly defined

Most of us are familiar with the term rehabilitation, which is the process of reteaching someone a skill they’ve already fully developed, such as walking again after an accident.

Habilitation, though similar in scope, is a different type of service. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) habilitation refers to services that assist those who may not have developed certain skills, such as a child who is not talking as expected for his or her age or an adult with intellectual disabilities or disorders. 

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Topics: Habilitation