As someone diagnosed with hEDS, Catherine is so grateful for an organization that makes her feel connected to others who are going through the same thing. EDS is a rare genetic condition that affects the connective tissue of the body.

Catherine and Ashton are excited and thankful to be doctoral scholars in an OSEP funded interdisciplinary program. ECiDC's purpose is to prepare leaders in early intervention, early childhood special education and related services, for infants and young children with high, intensive, interdisciplinary, and individualized learning needs and their families.

The GaLEND program is part of the larger Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. LEND is a program that Catherine is forever thankful to be a part of and the connections made across community groups and individuals are relationships she will continue to treasure. She highly suggests community members, family and caregivers, and students look into participating!