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Participants: Madeline Coleman

Program: Union-Snyder Foster Grandparent Program, Pennsylvania
Service: Foster Grandparents assist in classrooms and programs for children with special and exceptional needs. 


Interview with Madeline Coleman, December, 2000

INTRODUCTION: real audio clip icon

MADELINE COLEMAN: My name is Madeline Coleman. I've been in the foster [grandparent] program for almost five years and I work at the CW Rice school in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. And we have 10 children right now. There are three in our class that can talk; the rest use dynaboxes to speak with; one in wheelchair and I, myself on a cane. I had a leg amputation two years ago and right after that I fractured my hip. And I joined the program because I was bored.

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