Show Date: January 2nd, 2019
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Ms Barbara Goldman, MA
TEAMability of San Antonio
Barbara Goldman is founder and Executive Director of TEAMability, Inc., a San Antonio non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure children with severe multiple disabilities have the opportunity to benefit from therapeutic educational intervention so they many participate actively in life. TEAMability is the only organization in South Texas dedicated solely to serving this population.
Barbara’s commitment to children with disabilities began when she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired from Syracuse University. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta, an education honorary fraternity. And, with a minor in psychology, she was elected to Psi Chi, the psychology honorary fraternity. She was awarded a grant to pursue graduate studies. Barbara earned a Master of Arts in Education of the Visually Impaired from Teachers College, Columbia University in NY.
Upon completion of her education, Barbara became a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for Syracuse City Schools. In that capacity, she authored the Handbook for the Visually Handicapped Program, which set the standard for quality programs for children with visual impairments. After two years teaching the visually impaired, she assumed responsibilities as the resource teacher for all high school level students with sensory and physical disabilities. Striving to provide opportunities for her students to participate in school activities, she pioneered a swim program for students with disabilities at the high school’s new indoor pool. Recognizing the impact of a sensory or physical disability on social/emotional development, Barbara initiated a peer support group facilitated by the school psychologist.
Barbara moved to Baltimore, MD, where she discovered The Chimes, a school committed to teaching children who had been excluded from the public school system on the basis of their disabilities. She became a teacher of children with severe developmental disabilities. During her tenure at The Chimes, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. Barbara was instrumental in developing a standardized curriculum for The Chimes and mentored the staff in the development of individualized educational
Her husband’s military career found Barbara on hiatus from her teaching career. However, she became active in the military community. While at Camp Darby, Italy, Barbara was the Volunteer Director of the Child Development Center. Her responsibilities included program development, hiring qualified staff and designing a prototype for the post’s new child development facility. These efforts earned Barbara the Camp Darby Community Service Award. Barbara became the Volunteer Coordinator for the American Red Cross at Fort Monmouth, NJ. During her tenure she increased the number of hospital volunteers from 5 to 50, and initiated a Summer Youth Volunteer Corps. Barbara received the Clara Barton Award, the Red Cross’ highest volunteer honor. In addition to her Red Cross service, Barbara was also Fort Monmouth’s Parent Liaison to the Child Development Center and leader of the MEDDAC Wives’ Club. Her leadership in the Fort Monmouth Community was recognized when she received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, the post’s highest civilian award.
Barbara returned to teaching when her husband’s military career brought the family to San Antonio. The number of children whose visual impairment included severe, multiple disabilities who were now being served in the public school system motivated Barbara to reassess her skills and to seek the specialized training necessary to address the unique challenges of this population.
While teaching the visually impaired at a local school district, Barbara initiated a unique approach to teaching children with severe, multiple disabilities. Utilizing academia’s evidence-based practices, she launched a transdisciplinary program designed to improve outcomes for the district’s most challenged and complex children. The success of this program, from the point of view of both parents and teachers, was the impetus for the founding of TEAMability in 2003.
Under Barbara’s leadership, TEAMability has emerged as the go-to organization for services for children with severe, combined disabilities in the San Antonio area. Barbara has served as TEAMability’s Executive Director since its founding in 2003.