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Our Children Left Behind [OCLB] was created in Spring, 2003, to serve as an information resource for students, parents, and organizations concerned about Congressional activities reauthorizing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]. OCLB marked its place in history as the first online parent blog specifically created to address disability issues and how they affect families. 

Our Children Left Behind is operated by Sandy Strassman-Alperstein, Deidre Hammon, Jackie Igafo-Te’o Shari Krishnan, and Calvin and Tricia Luker, along with self advocates  Benji Alperstein, Daniel Alperstein, Hannah Alperstein, Rachel Alperstein, Brianna Hammon, Melody Igafo-Te'o, Michael Igafo-Te’o, Sebastian Igafo-Te'o and Nicholas Krishnan. OCLB’s efforts are also motivated by our desire to honor the lessons Jessica Baccus taught us. Only these people are authorized to make statements for or to speak on behalf of Our Children Left Behind. No other people or organizations are authorized to use the name Our Children Left Behind or OCLB.
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Benji is a huge fan of the White Sox, the Bears, and the Blackhawks!

Brianna runs a Library for people with disabilities and their families and supporters. She also hosts the People First meetings monthly at the complex where her library is located, and is the Treasurer for the group. She collects bears.

Daniel is excited to be going off to McGill University in Montreal this fall.

Hannah loves singing, dancing, acting, cooking, and fashion designing.

Melody is a 9th grader who enjoys creating things with her hands. She loves cats (has 5 of them) and baking. Her goal is to to go culinary arts school.

Michael is a 10th grader who loves to draw and create his own characters. He is a big fan of hand-drawn animation and stop-motion photography. His dream is to work for an animation studio.

Nicholas finished high school in June of 2010. He has also been a student with the Berklee College of Music for the past two years and will continue with his major areas of studies in audio-visual production and world percussion.

Rachel collects Polly Pockets, Littlest Pet Shop, and Teeniest Tiniest Babies toys.

Sebastian is a 12th grader who enjoys gaming, running, attending concerts, and hanging out with his friends. His goal is to become a pediatrician.

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The OCLB Team

Sandy Strassman-Alperstein, Deidre Hammon, Jackie Igafo-Te’o Shari Krishnan, and Calvin and Tricia Luker, along with self advocates Benji Alperstein, Daniel Alperstein, Brianna Hammon, Michael Igafo-Te’o, and Nicholas Krishnan

This page last updated on Saturday 12 May 2012