Cantalician Center

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iPads are giving a voice to children who cannot speak.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Cantalician Center are learning to communicate in a new way in the classroom and at home.

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The Cantalician Center for Learning celebrated the opening of its Diversified Labor Solutions division on Friday.

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Nearly 60 years after it was formed, the Cantalician Center for Learning has consolidated its operations and moved to a facility designed for the children they serve.

The former St. Barnabas Catholic Church and School in Depew has been transformed into a state-of-the-art academic campus for kids with special needs.

With dozens of students looking on, area elected officials, new Bishop Richard Malone, board members and staff cut the ribbon on phase one of the Cantalician Center's new academic campus on George Urban Boulevard in Depew.

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A center that provides educational services to children with moderate to severe disabilities, ranging from autism to Down Syndrome, has been awarded a major grant.

The Cantalician Center is the recipient of a $750,000 challenge grant from the John R. Oishei  Foundation.  The challenge grant will double every dollar pledged by a community campaign.

The funding will allow for completion of a new academic campus, which is currently under construction on George Urban Boulevard in Depew. The new facility would consolidate the current Main Street and Eggert Road facilities.