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Monthly Archives: February 2021

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Celebrating Impact – Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (1849-1908)

Thomas Wiggins was born blind in 1849 to slaves near Columbus, GA. After the slave owner discovered he was blind, he was denied basic human rights until his mother interceded to save his life. The family was then sold at auction to General James Bethune who had children that were gifted pianists and singers. As [...]

By | February 23rd, 2021|

Celebrating Impact – Lois Curtis

If you heard of the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case Olmstead vs. LC, LC stands for her. Lois has an intellectual disability and was forced into an institution at age 11 years, Georgia Regional Hospital. She fought to be released to live in the community but was denied, until an attorney from Atlanta reviewed the [...]

By | February 4th, 2021|

Congratulations to Karel Smith – recipient of Nisonger Center’s Staff Excellence Award!

Congratulations Karel! Karel Smith is the Administrator of Nisonger Center and the 3rd recipient of the Nisonger Center Staff Excellence Award! This quarterly award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond daily to advance our mission, vision and values and is a true representation of ‘excellence’. Karel was nominated for demonstrating Excellence, Compassion, and Innovation. "Karel has managed business [...]

By | February 4th, 2021|
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