A Letter from Reese’s Family

We are so grateful for the Adaptive Learning Center! With the help of an inclusion specialist our daughter has been able to attend a typical preschool with her typical peers. This has given our daughter a great foundation for learning and set her up for success in a typical world.


Six years ago, we found out at our 20 week ultrasound that Reese would be born with the most severe form of spina bifida called myelomeningocele.  This is an open sac where the spinal cord doesn’t form correctly that includes nerves. We had fetal surgery at Vanderbilt at 23 weeks gestation while I was still pregnant to close her open sac.  We delivered her at 37 weeks here in Atlanta.


Reese is cognitively and socially typical, but she will always have weakness in her lower extremities.  She wears leg braces to help her walk and a special suit under her clothes to maintain good alignment. She also wears glasses to correct eye crossing.


To us, Reese is perfect. The Adaptive Learning Center helped us meet her special needs and give her the best education at the same time.


Reese was a student of The Adaptive Learning Center at a partner location in Atlanta, GA and now attends school without an Inclusion Specialist because of the support ALC provided.

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