PICC LEAH – Parents Instructing Challenged Children
“Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?”
“Jesus said, My strength is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:4.
The swan and cygnet logo was chosen as reminder of the story of The Ugly Duckling who was, in reality, a beautiful swan.
PICC LEAH – A Brief History
PICC was founded in 1988 by Dawn and Philip Wolcott of Marathon, NY.
In 1986, Dawn and Philip were home schooling their son Joshua, but had placed their son Michael in the public school special education program. Michael has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. They had felt a tugging in their hearts to home school Michael as well, but had many questions to answer in their minds first. They heard that the Mulveys, of Fulton, NY were home schooling their daughter Sarah (who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is visually impaired). Sarah had been in the public school special education system until she was 9 years old. One afternoon in the winter of 1986, the Wolcotts and Mulveys sat down together and talked about home schooling a child with handicapping conditions. A wonderful friendship began that day.
In 1988, Dawn started PICC to offer to other families whose children have special needs the same encouragement the Mulveys offered them. In the years since, PICC has answered hundreds of phone calls, mailed out thousands of pieces of literature, and helped parents of handicapped children throughout New York State find resources and network with other families who have decided to home school their child with special needs.
In 1994, after years of dedication and service, the Wolcotts retired from PICC, but the Mulveys continued on in their place. In February 2008, the Mulveys took a well-deserved retirement and passed the PICC torch to Mary Fratianni, the New York State Loving Education at Home (LEAH) Special Needs Coordinator. The New York State LEAH Board of Directors approved PICC as a LEAH chapter. PICC LEAH became the Special Needs support chapter of NYS LEAH.
In 2015, after years of dynamic growth, the PICC LEAH opened its resources to all LEAH member families across NY State.
The swan and cygnet logo was chosen as a reminder of the story of The Ugly Duckling who was, in reality, a beautiful swan.