Erik Weihenmayer, Co-Founder of No Barriers USA and the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest, stirred the crowd of SBJC faculty and parents as the keynote speaker of our 2019-2020 New School Year Faculty Convocation. Weihenmayer shared his story of how he uses adversity to his advantage, and how those in the No Barriers family have turned their challenges into extraordinary accomplishments. His story will be used as the spark that sets in motion a partnership between No Barriers USA, Felician University, and the SBJC.
The core mission is to ensure all students to be fully prepared for independent living after the mandatory school age of 21. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2018), in its biennial update of autism diagnosis estimate, states there's a 15 percent increase in prevalence nationally: from 1 in 68 in 2016 to 1 in 59 children in 2018. SBJC, Felician University, and No Barriers USA believe collectively that in transitioning students into the least restrictive environments and in fully committing to a No Barrier mindset, our students will learn skills to mitigate their challenges and develop the tools to unlock their potential.