Spotlight Saturday, Jocelyn Casser, Gateway Parent and President of the Parents' Association  - Hearing and Speech Agency

Spotlight Saturday, Jocelyn Casser, Gateway Parent and President of the Parents' Association

What drew you to HASA originally? Our son, Ethan, was struggling in the public school system due to his autism and expressive-receptive language disorder. When we reached the point in his Individualized Education Program (IEP) process where we were discussing a non-public placement, the Gateway School at HASA was presented as one of our options. When we toured the school, we were immediately drawn to how warm and friendly and caring all the staff was.

How long have you been affiliated with HASA and in what capacity? Ethan was enrolled in HASA in 2015. I have always enjoyed being involved in my kids’ schools, so I attended the first Parents' Association meeting of the year. They were very welcoming of me as a new parent and also needed someone to take on the role of Treasurer. I jumped in and didn’t look back. I served as Treasurer for two years, and this year I am the President of the Parents' Association.

What is your favorite memory with HASA? My favorite memory is attending the Speakeasy Gala in 2016, celebrating HASA’s 90th anniversary.

What's the one thing you want people to know about HASA? That they never give up on a child and will work incredibly hard to find the right way to teach that each child needs to learn.

What are three words to describe HASA? Friendly, caring, dedicated

What is your favorite word? Awesome!

What do you like most about HASA? I like how they treat each child as an individual. No two children are exactly the same and they are fabulous at individualizing the program to fit each one.

What have you gained from being affiliated with HASA? My family has gained so much from Ethan being a student of Gateway School, but the biggest gain, aside from his increased communication skills, has to be finding our true community with the parents and staff here.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. I am a Zumba instructor, and in 2010 I was a contestant on Jeopardy!

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