The Schmooze

An Interview With Sharon Hanover, Director Of The Adler Center For Special Needs

Sharon obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has more than 15 years of experience working with young children through adults with special needs. Her extensive experience includes day camps, social skills building programs as well as program development and curriculum.

Q: How did you decide on a career working with adults and children with special needs?

A: I was always fascinated by how people learn and develop in different ways. Being the middle child of three children, I observed first-hand the amount of time needed to learn something and how each one of us learned at different paces. Taking that into a larger perspective of how adults and young children with special needs may learn intrigued me. This interest began my career in working to support these learners on their social and emotional learning journeys. Q: What motivates you?

A: Laws and regulations that fight for inclusion and betterment for those with disabilities. It proves that society continues to evolve and welcome differences.

Q: What frustrates you?

A: Not much, I have learned to be flexible and constantly self-reflect on how to better solve an issue. Q: Is there a memory you have or a moment in time where you realized that "this is what I was meant to do?"

A: When past clients come back to visit and share their progress and credit the programs that I have facilitated as the key to their success.

Q: What is your favorite activity or program run by the Adler Center?

A: I love all of the Adler Center programs, but I was recently blown away by the Teens Night Out program we piloted this past spring; it was an “inclusive” teen social event.

Stay tuned for the fall….Teens Night Out will be held monthly!!!

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