Greg Carr ’83
Alumni Award: Leadership
Once a highly successful businessman in the technology expense-management industry, Greg Carr ’83 now devotes his talent toward helping children with autism. For Carr and his wife, Aileen, the transformation began a decade ago when they learned that their son, Mitchell, had autism.
Thanks to early intensive therapy using an applied behavior analysis (ABA) approach, Mitchell—now 12—improved so much that four years ago his doctor lifted his autism diagnosis because he no longer met the criteria.
“We were so blessed and pleased with the intervention we were able to provide for our son that we wanted to provide the same thing for other kids,” says Carr, of Basking Ridge, N.J. “For many families it’s not affordable because, in order to see some success, you need a minimum of 20 hours per week of ABA services.”
The Carrs’ solution: The Uncommon Thread, which they launched in 2006 in Stirling, N.J. The nonprofit provides support and individualized treatment options to families whose children have developmental disorders. Through a variety of services at the center, in homes and schools, it annually reaches 15 to 25 children. Carr’s sister, Suzanne Carr ’84 and his niece, Caitlin Hinton ’10, work there too.
To reach more children, Carr launched Scholastic Intervention Solutions (SIS) two-and- a-half years ago. The company uses modern technology to offer school districts curriculum, administrative and support services so they can deliver more efficient, quantifiable and individualized special education to students. Pilot programs are underway in the Selinsgrove Area School District and in several New Jersey districts.
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