Week 9 - March 2 | Alexander Disease
Years ago, Toni Ramon’s young son Juanma was diagnosed with Alexander disease, a rare and devastating condition. She turned her grief to action, and raised more than $1.3 million to support Alexander disease research at the Waisman Center. Read the family’s story from 2008 here: https://go.wisc.edu/wais2008 Photo 1: The Ramon’s with then-director Marsha Mailick, PhD, and Alexander disease researcher Albee Messing, VMD, PhD. Photo 2: Young Juanma visiting the Waisman Center in 2008.
Week 10 - March 9 | Ludell Swenson / Augmentative Communication
#TBT – Ludell Swenson, pictured below, was an advocate and a pioneer in the use of augmentative communication. Swenson – who had cerebral palsy – had been a patient of the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC) for most of his life, participating in early research that revolutionized the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Photo 1: David Lamers, Gregg Vanderheiden, and Ludell Swenson (front) Photo 2: Ludell Swenson reading a news story about his coummunication device, Photo 3: Ludell in later years. Read: Remembering Ludell Swenson. #Waisman50years
Week 11 - March 16 | Ethel Waisman Tarkow
#TBT – The late Ethel Waisman Tarkow was a great supporter of the Waisman Center, along with her family. Ethel was married to Harry Waisman, MD, PhD, for whom the Waisman Center was named. A lifetime member of the Friends of the Waisman Center, she and her second husband Harold Tarkow, PhD, were active members of the Waisman Center community. Photo 1 – 1971: Ethel with Harry Waisman (right) at the groundbreaking for the building that would bear his name. Photo 2 – 1973: Ethel speaking at the opening of the Waisman Center. Photos 3 & 4 – 2013: Ethel Waisman Tarkow, alone, and with her family at the Waisman Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala. #Waisman50Years
Week 12 - March 23 | Harvey A. Stevens Art Collection
#TBT The Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities was initiated in 1976 by Harvey Stevens, the Waisman Center’s first administrator. The gift of a single piece of art, Amor Perfeito, from a friend in Brazil, inspired Stevens to start the collection. We share Harvey’s vision that the collection encourages individuals of all abilities to express themselves and expand their world through art. It inspires the children and families who come through our doors every day. #Waisman50Years
Look for our #FineArtFriday posts each week highlighting some of the more than 200 wonderful works in the Stevens collection.