Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 17, 2018 EDUCATION & YOUTH 7 Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 17, 2018 EDUCATION & YOUTH 7 

Experts Offer Advice for Families with Special Needs 

Pasadena, CA.—The Frostig Center invites thepublic to attend a presentation by two experts whowill discuss pathways to employment for youngadults with learning disabilities and alternatives toconservatorships. This free event will be held March5, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at The Frostig Center.

Families face new challenges when young peoplewith disabilities become adults. The first speaker of theevening will address alternatives to conservatorships.
Ibrahim Saab, a client’s rights advocate at the NorthLos Angeles County Regional Center, will provideinformation about power of attorney, assignmentof education decision-making authority, and otherissues related to conservatorships.

The second speaker will focus on how young adults 


can prepare for and obtain meaningful employmentin the community. Rebecca Hoyt, a counselor withDisability Rights California, will share informationon the agencies that assist people with disabilities andthe types of services available. 

The Frostig Center, located at 971 N. Altadena Drive,
is a non-profit organization that strives to improvethe lives of children with learning differences throughresearch, community outreach, and Frostig School.
Frostig also provides services to young adults withlearning differences who are transitioning to college andwork. For additional information about Frostig Center,
call (626) 791-1255 or visit our website at www.frostig. 

Alverno Heights Academy200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. FanaraE-mail address: 
Arcadia High School180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent 
Arroyo Pacific Academy41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca,
(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil ClarkeE-mail address: 
Barnhart School 
240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007(626) 446-5588Head of School: Ethan Williamson 
Kindergarten - 8th gradewebsite: 
Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-3527Preschool-TK-8th Grade 
Principal: Dr. William Walnerwebsite: www. 
Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91775 
Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 
Foothill Oaks Academy822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010(626) 301-9809Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane 
Frostig School971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 
(626) 791-1255Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 
The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-2410Head of School, Carl Parke 
High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon RoadPasadena, Ca. 91107 
Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 
La Salle High School3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: 
Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian 
Monrovia High School325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin JacksonEmail: 
Odyssey Charter School725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neillwebsite: 
Pasadena High School2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca.
(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandezwebsite: 
St. Rita Catholic School 
322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028website: 
Sierra Madre Elementary School141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LewisE-mail address: 
Sierra Madre Middle School 
160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett NewsomE-mail address: 
Walden School 
74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 
Weizmann Day School1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 797-0204Lisa Feldman: Head of School 
Wilson Middle School 
300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth EsselnE-mail address: 
Pasadena Unified School District 
351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109(626) 396-3600 Website: 
Arcadia Unified School District 
234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
(626) 821-8300 Website: 
Monrovia Unified School District 
325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016 
(626) 471-2000Website: 
Duarte Unified School District 
1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 


I’ve recently written about what it takes to pursuethe MD degree, and now it’s time for us to reviewthe many other paths towards careers that don’tdemand the same expensive and time-extensiveelements of securing an MD, yet still make a healingdifference and pay a good salary.

Think about the people who care for you in yourmedical settings and you begin to recognize thatyour MD is certainly in your chain of treatment,
but the front-line providers in many cases are yournurses, your nurse-practitioners or your physicianassistants. Each has a different training protocoland program of study, and all three of thesepractitioners of medical services are projected tobe in huge demand in the coming decades, as thecountry continues to refine the delivery of care forits population.

NURSES are always in demand, and wage growthin your nursing career can derive from subsequentadditional training beyond the RN degree in certainkey specialties. A second MSN Master’s degree willbe needed if you want added income, specializationand recognition in the medical hierarchy bybecoming a NURSE PRACTITIONER.

There are intriguing and lucrative jobs, say,
for someone like a Certified Registered NursePractitioner with a subfocus on Anesthesiology.
Average salaries for this highly-sought after 
professional are close to $140,000.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS are near-doctors in 
many respects. In most states, they can performmultiple procedures on patients and prescribemedications. The PA degree usually takes 2 years tocomplete, and you typically need a Bachelor’s degreeplus three relevant years of experience to apply.
Those three years of work in the field could includeEMT, Paramedic or even an RN nursing degree.

Some medical professionals in all three of thepaths I outline above get their start as phlebotomistsor medical technicians or working as clinicalresearch coordinators in large research-orientedhospitals. 

How else can you heal people for a living?

Consider career paths in PHYSICAL, 

THERAPY, where 
you can work to helppeople to restore 
wellness and physicalagility after injuries,
strokes or other 
medical traumas. 
Some professionalsin this field work as 

Athletic trainers in schools and universities, some 
work restoring the health and hope of war-ravagedveterans of current and former conflicts, some in 
occupational therapy help us return to what seemedthe mundane details of daily living--bathing,
working, cooking for ourselves--after catastrophicinjury or illness.

But wait, there’s more! Nurse Midwives, 
Recreational therapists, Speech-LanguagePathologists--there are a lot of health-relatedspecialties to explore if you have an empathic andcaring sensibility, an interest in the science of thehuman body, and a desire to find long-term work inone of the job areas expanding most rapidly in our 

And, in most of the jobs I’ve outlined above, thedemand is nationwide, so if you decided to relocateanywhere else, you’d likely find yourself in a newwork situation soon after you arrived.

In a future column, I’ll cover a similarly rich arrayof career paths for the mental and emotional therapyfields, including counseling work with a growingarray of constituencies of all ages and issues. Peoplehave their problems, physical and mental, andyou could be a future match for a profession thatwould let you help to heal and restore someoneto, as Robert Frost says, “be whole again, beyond 

Dr. Dan Golden was the founding director of LifePlanning at the Vistamar School in El Segundo.
He was a professor, program director and Dean forWork & Service-Learning at Wheaton College (MA),
and now consults with individuals, schools and 
educational districts on college access, post-graduatestudy and career planning issues. He can be reachedat 

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