Buezo, Gerry and John Hart
This is my life and my profession. I dont know why, but I have something in my heart for people who are disabled. The most important thing in my life is to help other people, states community integration specialist Maria Buezo. Buezo worked for seven years teaching elementary school children how to read and write in her native country, Honduras, before moving to the United States. She enjoys helping her clients become more independent and integrated into the community. Gerry is one of her favorite clients. Before I started working with Gerry, people said he couldnt speak. Now he can say his name, the date, what classes he is taking. she adds with pride.
Gerrys father, John Hart, is very appreciative
of the services Buezo provides his son. As soon as he sees Maria,
he goes running right toward her. They get along beautifully, he
reports with satisfaction. Ive definitely seen the change
in him. He is speaking much better than he ever did before. He has vastly
improved because he gets so much input from people of all different backgrounds.
He is more open and more verbal. His physical skills have improved. He
is walking and running more. Before he was rather reclusive. He was very
quiet and not as outgoing. I have seen improvements in every venue. Over
the last year and a half he has really pepped up and become more expressive.
We are very gratified by the program.