Barbara D’Amora is a Registered S2C Practitioner who works with spellers and parents. For the past 30 years, she has worked as a Special Education Teacher with the NYC public school system and The Early Intervention Program, and as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) both in the home and in school settings. She is also the mother of Christian, Natalie and Nicholas D’Amora–an adult nonspeaker and proficient speller!
In addition to working with spellers to co-found CrimsonRise, Barbara is a founding member of The GRACE Foundation of NY, a 501(c)(3) serving the autism community for the past 21 years. She remains a current and active member of its Board of Directors and a co-founder of its newest day program for spellers called The Studio at Grace. She has been the recipient of several awards and honors from World of Women, Soroptimist International of Staten Island, and The GRACE Foundation of NY.
Barbara believes communication access is a human right and wants to instill in all that nonspeaking does not mean nonthinking. She wants to help nonspeakers find their voice and to help parents understand their children so that they may be active participants in this amazing journey.
Barbara holds a BA in Education and an MS in Special Education with an Advanced Certificate in Literacy from St. John’s University. She enjoys cooking, reading and scrapbooking, and has a vast collection of unused cookbooks!