Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Enlivening Lives! - Williams Syndrome Students in MA Share Their Skills and Joy

'They enliven people's lives' -

"Berkshire Hills is the nation's only private, post-secondary residential school serving students who have this combination of gifts and challenges.

'There are so many kinds of intelligence and so many ways to be productive,' said Executive Director Ljuba Marsh. 'This school allows people to thrive and serve their communities. They go out to nursing homes, senior centers and elementary schools to perform. They enliven people's lives.'

Of the 26 students enrolled at the school, many have a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome, while others have Asperger's Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, or visual impairments. The school's curriculum is music-focused but aims to strengthen academic skills as well as job readiness."

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