A Family’s Journey: The Schunior Joneses

Hank was three years old when his parents, Larry Jones and Emily Schunior, started facing new challenges with him. Emily would drop him off at his childcare center, and he would be “clearly anxious and afraid to go there. They’d call us thirty minutes later to come pick him up,” she says. They were noticing that Hank was having trouble regulating his emotions and behavior, and it wasn’t long before he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. “He’s very sensory,” says ... Read More...

Meet Our October DSP of the Month

Congratulations to Frazer’s Direct Support Professional of the Month for October, Megan Kennerly!Megan has been a Direct Support Professional (DSP) with the Frazer Center for almost four years. She brings to her work an array of qualifications, but perhaps her greatest gift is her ability to make connections. Megan finds ways to communicate with each individual she works with, whether that person primarily communicates verbally or non-verbally. She gets to know them, their interests, ... Read More...

Meet Our DSP of the Month

Frazer Center’s Adult Program is beginning a new employee recognition program. The Direct Support Professional of the Month is chosen for their professionalism, person-centered planning, quality community outings, thorough documentation, attendance, and general work ethic. Our Direct Support Professionals not only assist people with disabilities in their daily activities, they help provide empowerment, independence, and inclusion to all the adults they serve. Our September DSP of the Month is ... Read More...

A Santa for All Seasons

Technically, it’s still summer, but that doesn’t stop Santa from visiting the Frazer Center. In fact, he’s becoming a year-round guest thanks to Frazer’s ongoing relationship with the Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Club of Atlanta is the oldest chapter in Georgia and is truly a local treasure. With the motto of “Learn, Serve, Connect,” Kiwanians have the opportunity to learn about and volunteer with nonprofits in Georgia. Thanks to this mission, Frazer has been the beneficiary of a gift in the form of ... Read More...

Community Access Matters

For people with disabilities, “accessibility” is a word that comes up a lot. For people without disabilities, activities like running to the grocery store, getting to work, or meeting friends at the movies tend to be second-nature. For those with a disability, the logistics around these everyday events often require a heavily coordinated effort. For those who use wheelchairs, that effort is multiplied even further: does the location have a ramp and accessible bathrooms? Even so, getting there is ... Read More...

Helping Teachers Help Children

If you’ve ever spent any time with Kenya Duncan, Frazer Center’s Instructional Coordinator, you know she’s a positive, creative, exuberant spirit. You might not ever suspect that she was shy and withdrawn as a child. But Kenya says that’s partly why she is compelled to nurture children today. You might also find it hard to believe that she spent two years in the Army as a field artillery meteorologist. She credits that experience with building her confidence and giving her a can-do attitude, but ... Read More...

Employment First

At Frazer, we believe that every adult who dreams of having a job should have the opportunity to live that dream. Through our Supported Employment Program for adults with developmental disabilities, our staff spends time getting to know each individual’s interests and helps evaluate that person’s skills. Our staff also works on nurturing relationships within the business community to find employment matches that are a win for all parties involved. Once a match is made, we provide continued ... Read More...

Meet Our New Board Members

We at Frazer are thrilled and honored to welcome four new members to our board of directors.PHILLIP CAMPBELL is managing partner at Homegrown Capital, a private capital firm specializing in residential new construction and renovation loans. Phillip is a current parent in Frazer’s Child Development Program and is a Lake Claire neighbor with deep family ties to the Druid Hills/Decatur area. His wife’s uncle is a past participant of Frazer Center's Adult Program. Phillip has a degree in ... Read More...

Teaching Inclusion: April Jones

April Jones was at the University of West Georgia, working as a research assistant in an archeology lab while majoring in both environmental science and anthropology, when she could no longer deny that she just wasn’t happy. She loved science, and her mother was an environmental scientist, but April wasn’t feeling it. She decided to take some time off from school and happened upon a job in a childcare center. She never considered becoming a teacher until a colleague noticed her natural abilities ... Read More...

A Family’s Journey: The Fraziers

Donovan “Donnie” Frazier is thriving in his second year at the Frazer Center according to his mother Lauren. But the Frazier family’s journey hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.In the summer of 2014, when Lauren was 36 weeks into her pregnancy with Donnie, she experienced what felt like stomach pain. Her husband Dashaun took her to the hospital, and Lauren quickly went from the ER into Labor & Delivery where she was scheduled to be induced the next day. But it turned out that her ... Read More...