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I founded Stages Learning in 1997 when autism diagnoses first began to rise. I was working with kids before there were materials designed for autism education, so I had to make my own. Families began asking me to make a set for them... pretty soon I was running them off at Kinko's. Then I learned what an offset press was, and it grew from there. I never meant to found a business... but the business sort of found me. Our top-selling autism education product, the Language Builder Picture Cards, was designed to specifically meet the learning needs of children with autism. The research-based Language Builder Series has become a staple in home and school programs around the world and Stages Learning is now the premier developer of learning tools for children with autism. In 2009, when the economy was in deep trouble, I made the decision to go back to grad school a second time, and applied to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I couldn't have been more surprised when the acceptance email came. The amazing students and professors at HGSE helped me take things to the next level, challenging me to really think from the user's perspective. Not what tool did I want to give to teachers and student... but what tool did they truly need. The Language Builder Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) is the result of that endeavor, and I am so very excited to start to get feedback on how much it was helping busy teachers in the classroom before many of the schools had to close. While I have been thrilled that Stages' products have been able to help so many students and families, never has that need felt so raw. My heart goes out to all of the families and children disrupted by the school closures and the student and family circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope we can ease just a touch of your stress by making these materials available.
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