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The Beautiful Gate Center (BGC) will be a multi-disciplinary Developmental Learning Center for children and youth with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) serving the Charleston, SC tri-county region.


The first of its kind in South Carolina, BGC will operate as a private, full-day, year-round developmental learning center providing an integrated program of special education, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) therapy with an emphasis on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology, led by an innovative team of board-certified of clinicians.


Participants will be enrolled in the program under a one-year term and offered a variety of payment options including private tuition.


BGC will serve the needs of significantly-impacted individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families, who are inadequately served in existing public and private special education programs due to the individuals’ need for a broader range of more intensive learning supports than those traditional environments offer.


Beautiful Gate Center is designed as a center-based, multi-disciplinary therapeutic day treatment center, not a school, but is nevertheless focused on addressing the full range of learning objectives including behavioral, social, communication, academic, coping, health and daily living skills.

From a therapeutic and learning perspective, participants attending the Beautiful Gate Center will receive developmental intervention, therapy and supports in the following areas:

  • Health & Daily Living Skills
  • Transitional – Coping Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Augmentative Communication
  • ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy
  • Pre-academic, Pre-literacy and Specialized Learning Plans
  • Sensory Gym and Diet Activities
  • Social and Group Participation Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Peer Modeling and Mentoring
  • Group Participation Skills
  • Strengthen Thinking, Analytical Concepts and Functioning Skills
  • Community Readiness Skills
  • Community Based Work Programs for High School Youth
  • Pre-Vocational Training for Teens
  • Specialty therapies
  • Outdoor Health & Environment
  • Community Outings & Field Trips
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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