In March 2016, Developmental Connections was recognized at the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Breakfast at the National Conference Center. We are honored to serve our school community and partner with educators to meet the critical needs of a segment of students, which is now just coming to light and not fully understood by the community. These students can do well in school academically, they can walk, they can talk — but they suffer from neurological disabilities that cause them to struggle with something everyone needs to succeed — social ability.
Because of two very special school administrators, Ann Hines and James Dallas, Developmental Connections started partnering with Loudoun County public schools in 2010 to begin to remove this detrimental barrier to success for this segment of students. As a local nonprofit, we did not do this work alone. We merely served as a passionate conduit, connecting motivated school teams with cutting edge curriculum and generous business donations.
We want to thank our schools and teachers for their partnership and vision of infusing social learning into school culture. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the 85 businesses we have partnered with over the past six years and the 60 teachers and administrators who we’ve had the pleasure collaborating with.
Together, we shed light on the fact that some students struggle to express themselves and struggle to interpret the social cues of the teachers and friends around them. Only together do we help these students build the confidence, social skills, and awareness they need to thrive and lead them on the path of independence.