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Why is Beautiful Gate Needed?

4,000 children with Intellectual Disability are wait listed in South Carolina for services under the ID/RD waiver

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A 2005 study indicates only 3% of adults with severe intellectual disability (ID) have a good outcome (53% poor, 43% fair) in terms of independent functioning, residential placement, employment and quality of life [1]

Intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder are life-long developmental disabilities that significantly impact social and communication skills and adaptive behavior
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Children with cognitive delays respond favorably, leading to long-term quality of life, if they can access intervention programs and therapies early in life

Hours of driving to appointments, continual in-home therapy sessions, and having to coordinate 4-5 different therapists negatively impacts the quality of life for the entire family of a child with developmental disabilities
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A 2006 study of the impact of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) on speech production shows 89% of participants (40% with ID, 31% with autism) experienced gains in speech production [2]

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We would love to talk with you about whether Beautiful Gate Center would be a good fit for your child.

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Angela Muirhead

Executive Director
Beautiful Gate Center

Angela M. Muirhead was elected Chair, and Executive Director, of the Beautiful Gate Center in September, 2015. As an accomplished business professional, she presents a thirty year foundation and proven track record of achievements in business within the real estate, banking and legal industries. Her family recently moved to the Charleston area in the summer of 2014.

Angela was President and Co-Founder of Emerald Mortgagee Assistance Company, a private company providing support services to the secondary mortgage market for mortgage-backed securities sold on Wall Street and led the company to become a multi-million dollar company providing collateral supports to the largest banks, mortgage servicers and federal servicing agencies in the country. She sold the company 5 years later to a $6 billion dollar publicly traded company based in California. After the sale in 2000, she founded her second company, Paragon Property Services, a private Colorado real estate brokerage and consulting firm for clients in both the commercial and residential markets.

Phone Number
303-324-4893

Email Address
angela@beautifulgatecenter.org

William H. "Billy" Edwards, MS, BCBA

Director, Center for Behavior Analysis
Clemson University

Billy has been directly involved in service delivery to persons with disabilities for over 20 years. He has practiced as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2000 and is an active member of The Association for Behavior Analysis International and The Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA). Following his tenure as President he assumed the role of Annual Conference Coordinator and Chairman.

During his tenure as Executive Director of Behavioral Innovations, the company expanded it's operations to include seven service locations throughout Texas and it became widely regarded as an industry leader as a result of its services and efforts to work with insurance companies and families throughout the state of Texas. Billy is now the Director of the Clemson University Youth Learning Institute Center for Behavior Analysis where he is creating an online educational program in Behavior Analysis, an International Outreach program in Behavior Analysis, and working with multiple state organizations to improve the quality of services for those with Developmental Disabilities.

Phone Number
864-656-0953

Email Address
wedwar2@clemson.edu

Juliana O. Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor, Director of External Clinical Practicum
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of South Carolina

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Phone Number
803-777-2628

Email Address
miller39@mailbox.sc.edu

Lt COL Michael Martin Barth, PhD

Assoc. Professor of Finance
School of Business Administration
The Citadel

Dr. Michael Barth is an Associate Professor of Finance in The Citadel’s School of Business Administration. Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, he spent nine years in the Department of Finance and Quantitative Analysis at Georgia Southern University, including two years as the acting department chair. Before beginning his career as a college educator, he spent five years as a Senior Research Associate with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners where he was the primary staff specialist on risk-based capital issues. He has been a program director for the Associate in Underwriting program of the American Institute for Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriters/Insurance Information Institute and was a product manager with an auto insurance group for several years. He served nine years on active duty with the U.S. Army and another six years as a reservist.

He received his Ph.D. in Risk Management & Insurance from Georgia State University in 1993. He also holds the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation and the Associate in Underwriting (AU) professional designation.

Phone Number
843-953-0835

Email Address
Mike.Barth@citadel.edu

Jane Charles, M.D.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Professor of Pediatrics
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr Jane Charles is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

She is an active clinician, researcher, and educator. Her areas of specialization are in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual disabilities, and genetic disorders. She provides developmental follow up and medication management for comorbid behavioral disorders for children into adulthood.

Dr. Charles has received research funding as the principal investigator, or co-Investigator for a variety of grants exploring issues related to developmental disabilities including investigating the prevalence of ASD and Fragile X as part of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

Phone Number
843-876-1511

Email Address
charlesj@musc.edu

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