Dave Bratcher, Author at STAR Center

What do you miss when wearing a mask? [VLOG]

Am I smiling or not? You didn’t know. Although, mom trained me well… When a camera points at me, I’m supposed to smile even when nobody can see it. So much of our expression is told from the bottom two-thirds of our face. You know those with disabilities often are relying on seeing facial expressions […]

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What is it that you’re clinging to? [VLOG]

Full transcript available at https://youtu.be/Jx9lCZecwfM. Happy Monday! I don’t know how many of you knew this, but there was a special day last week. Wednesday was National Mail Order Catalog Day. Good night! Everybody has a day, don’t they? I, it’s just exhausting but when I thought about the National Mail Order Catalog Day, I […]

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Be Where Your Feet Are [VLOG]

Well, happy Monday! I had something happen last week that I just wanted to share with you. As my daughter opened up her folder, there was a sticker and on the front, it had her name, and right underneath her name it had “class of 2026.” And so, she happened to just read it out […]

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All In This Together [VLOG]

Well, I don’t know about you but making decisions in this COVID era can be exhausting because you don’t know what is going to happen next. One of the things I just wanted to share that I’ve done, whether it’s helped or not, it feels like it’s helped so maybe it has…I try to identify […]

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a student with books piled on head. what some might feel college success with ADHD feels like.

How to Have College Success with ADHD

Is college success possible for you or your child with ADHD? The answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Recently, our President, Dave Bratcher, was asked to contribute to an article featured on EduMed.com. You can read the full story here. As COVID-19 continues to make the future of college classes uncertain, there are many things you […]

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Vocational Rehabilitation Turns 100

History Have you ever known someone who turned 100 years old? 0.0173% of the population will reach this milestone. Vocational Rehabilitation turns 100, meaning they have been positively impacting those with disabilities for 100 years. As you know, an organization can’t impact anyone. This means there is a requirement for humans to be involved with […]

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COVID-19 Front line workers – Thank You

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. It is something that is affecting every one of us daily. There are conversations about what to do, when to do it, and how we should go about it. The problem with all these questions is the absence of clear answers. While pandemics are not new, […]

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Opportunity for All painting of Lewis and Clark as they look out across the new land.

Opportunity for ALL

Opportunity for ALL guides what we do each day. Hanging in my office is the painting you see above. It was painted by Brian Hart and depicts Lewis and Clark looking at the unknown that lied ahead. When we experience things for the first time, there is both excitement and fear. When our clients find […]

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Assistive technology being demonstrated. This is one of the ways disability does not have the last word.

Disability Does Not Have the Last Word

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m too old to _______,” or “I’m too young to ________?” This is common language many of use will use, but it’s simply not true. In the disability services industry, we frequently see self-limiting language used by those we serve. They begin to limit what is possible […]

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