Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Autism School in Atlanta, Celebrates Students’ Graduation; Welcomes Jocelyn Dorsey of WSB-TV for Commencement Speech

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This May, three students graduated from Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta school for students with Autism, Asperger’s and other learning disabilities. The commencement speaker was the WSB-TV Director of Editorials and Public Affairs, Jocelyn Dorsey.

One person can make a difference, and Cumberland Academy of Georgia is an example of the power of one.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, Autism school in Atlanta, celebrated the cumulative achievements of three of their students during the graduation ceremony on May 21, 2015. Specializing in the education of students with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD and other learning disabilities, Cumberland provides supportive and challenging developmental environments to help them achieve their full potential. This year, three of their students completed their education, with plans to continue on to higher learning institutions in the future.

The commencement speech was delivered by WSB-TV Director of Editorials and Public Affairs, Jocelyn Dorsey. With over 40 years of experience in the broadcast industry, Dorsey has blazed trails both as the first African American news anchor in Atlanta as well as the first African American anchor of a Channel 2 newscast. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work and contributions to the broadcast industry. Her work includes not only daily news, but also overseeing operations for special events and community outreach programs for the Family 2 Family Project. In addition to her work with Channel 2, Dorsey assists in the production and creation of various non-profit organization videos and is an advisory board member for multiple local organizations. “All of us at Cumberland are inspired by Dorsey’s dedication and hard work,” relates Debbi Scarborough, Founding Director of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “She was able to overcome obstacles to succeed in her field. Her story is an inspiration to all of our students, staff and family.”

“One person can make a difference, and Cumberland Academy of Georgia is an example of the power of one,” stated Dorsey during her commencement speech. “At this school, that one is Debbi Scarborough.” She acknowledged the hard work and dedication of Scarborough for her role in the school's establishment and continued mission to help students with learning differences learn and thrive. The speech was warmly received by all in attendance.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia prepares students for success in a career track or post-graduate studies after leaving the school through their “What’s Next” program. Not only do students obtain a well-rounded education, but life skills and techniques to thrive in the real world. The “What’s Next” program teaches students interview skills, and exposes them to a variety of local universities and business establishments. The 2015 Cumberland graduates are Daniel Dumon, Brandon Julius and William Stordy. Dumon attended Cumberland for three years, and was awarded a scholarship to Oglethorpe University, where he will attend this fall. Julius attended Cumberland for eight years, and works at Sprouts Farmers Market; he plans to attend college in the future. Stordy spent his senior year at Cumberland, and is enrolled at Kennesaw State University this fall. “Our class of 2015 worked hard to get to where they are today,” states Scarborough. “We are all incredibly proud of their achievements. They serve as an inspiration to all of our younger students.”

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions, at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.

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