Making a Difference: Eric Bryant

Being an extrovert is not a prerequisite for working with people with disabilities, but in Eric Bryant’s case, it comes in handy. Eric is a Direct Support Professional with the Frazer Center Adult Program, and he has a way of engaging those around him that seems effortless. Perhaps it was growing up with two older brothers with Down syndrome, or perhaps he was just born with it. Regardless, the adults he works with enjoy having him around.Eric hasn’t always been in the developmental ... Read More...

Off the Ground with Atlanta Ballet

Our pas de deux with Atlanta Ballet is off the ground! Twelve participants in our Adult Program are jumping at the chance to take dance classes twice a week at Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. Some have studied dance before, some have not. After the first week, some said it was hard but they love it. Others are challenged by certain moves, but as one participant said, “I got over it.” One who had taken ballet in the past is more comfortable expressing herself physically than ... Read More...

Frazer Center to Partner with Atlanta Ballet

It might sound like an unlikely pas de deux, but the Frazer Center and Atlanta Ballet are creating a new partnership, thanks to a $50,000 award from the Building Community Network which is led by Georgia Center for Nonprofits and The Home Depot Foundation. An invitation-only competition for nonprofits, the Collaborative Innovation Grant program catalyzes “collaborative action among Atlanta’s top nonprofit organizations,” and requires two organizations with different focus areas to apply ... Read More...

Supported Employment WORKS

Watch our video to learn about our Supported Employment Program for adults with developmental disabilities. Frazer Center's Supported Employment Program has three levels of support:First, for those who are already working, we provide on-going support to them and their employers to ensure a successful, long-term working relationship.Secondly, we have customized employment, or what could be thought of as a matchmaking service for those who want to get a job but aren’t quite ready yet or ... Read More...

Our DSPs Are VIPs

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week happened in September, and we celebrated our DSPs with fun and games, gifts and treats.Direct Support Professionals not only assist people with disabilities in their daily activities, they help provide empowerment, independence, and inclusion to all the people they serve. Our participants at the Frazer Center develop relationships with their DSPs, who accompany them into the community for social, cultural, educational, volunteer, and employment ... Read More...

27 Years of the ADA: One Family’s Journey

Lara Swenson was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It was 1976 and commonplace for children like Lara to be institutionalized. Her parents refused to consider that option. Instead, they forged ahead to help Lara live a fulfilling life. Early on they discovered the Cerebral Palsy Center—now the Frazer Center—where Lara attended until she entered the public school system.Although Lara was born in an era when the disabilities rights movement was gaining traction, there ... Read More...