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April 11, 2013

City woman joins Easter Seals efforts to help children

Kate Ahern of Haverhill recently joined the staff of Easter Seals Massachusetts as a member of its nationally known Assistive Technology program.

At Easter Seals, Ahern works in schools with children who have disabilities. Well-known for her blog on teaching students with severe special needs, she also is in the process of creating an Easter Seals blog that focuses on more general uses of assistive technology.

Assistive Technology includes a wide range of technology and devices that provide equal opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to live, learn, work and play.

Before joining Easter Seals, Ahern was a special education teacher and assistive technology specialist with the Assabet Valley Collaborative in Marlborough and the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative.

She also was a special education teacher in Somerville public schools and at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton.

Ahern has a bachelor’s degree in special education and sociology, as well as a master’s degree in education, from Simmons College.

The Easter Seals Assistive Technology program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. One of largest programs of its kind in the country, the program is nationally recognized for the creativity and expertise of its staff and their work to empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential.

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