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Elias’ Story

Walt Disney once said “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Michael and Katharine Ormond may not have realized it when their child was born, but Elias, named after Disney, was destined to embody his namesake’s message. Elias was born with Fanconi Anemia, primarily a blood disease, but one that can affect all systems of the body. He was referred to New Perceptions to receive services from our professional therapists. His parents dreamed of the abilities his son would gain to become stronger and more independent and with the help of his therapists, doctors, and his loving parents, Elias has realized many of his dreams!

Samantha’s Story


Samantha longs to live on her own like other young women, but her parents were concerned about her ability to do things on her own. She was eating partially heated frozen meals because she did not understand cooking directions. She wouldn’t speak up if she needed something. And rather than calling for help when the fire alarm sounded, she hid in her bedroom while the house filled with smoke. Her parents wanted to find a program to help Samantha learn the skills she needed to become more independent.

After less than a year in The Learning Center program, Samantha is now completing entire recipes on her own and has even made meals for her stepmom. She can count the value of money and is learning to write checks and make a budget for shopping. No longer withdrawn, Samantha now asks for what she needs and willingly helps in the classroom and at home. Samantha, her parents, and teacher are proud and encouraged by her growth!