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Making a Difference: DuBard School in Hattiesburg

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A teacher from 50 years ago is still making a difference today.

The Dubard School for Language Disorders in Hattiesburg named for its founder who’s passion for helping children with special needs evolved into the school, which is still making a difference.

In the lobby of the Cook Library on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg is a modest display that attempts to do the impossible.

It attempts to tell the story of the life and career of Dr. Etole DuBard, a pioneer in the specialty of Language disorders.

Here is her legacy.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders on the campus of USM is for children who have special needs in the area of language skills.

 Dr. DuBard pioneered this kind of treatment in Mississippi.

Today, Maureen Martin is the director for this school.

The connection between oral communication and reading was not well known or accepted at the time.

The work she did with no help, no picture materials except what you could go cut out of magazines, there was no Google to go find the next 700 pictures of giraffes that you needed for teaching a child, all of that that she did while also training university students, and she has many legacies.

Everything she did was to help each child be the best that he or she could be.

Etoile used to say that the school brought a measure of peace to families as well as hope to children. Because when a mom and dad have a child with a problem, the whole family has a problem.

Dr. Etoile DuBard translated her intangible compassion for children who needed special help in language and communication into a tangible brick and mortar building in which thousands of children have been given the help they need.

And from which thousands of students have trained to go do the same elsewhere. And in following her heart, has made a difference for many people.

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