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January 2022

Be sure to check out the most recent article from Times Publishing Newspapers!

Spotlight: BARC Developmental Services – Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc.

4/25/2020 At Saturday’s Pennsylvania Daily Press Briefing, PA Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine addressed Intellectual Disability/Autism services, saying, “major disruptions to daily schedules has been even more difficult for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities or Autism who rely on these routines. It’s also very difficult for those who care for them.”

She continued by saying: “I want to thank the direct care providers who are literally putting their lives on the line to care for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities or autism. Your hard work, and dedication and bravery has not gone unnoticed.”

Watch the full statement here around the 2 minute mark. #BARCStrong #WeAreInThisTogether


Thank you to our Direct Support Professionals!
Click the link above to take a look at our feature in Times Publishing for January 2020.
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We celebrated across the agency to honor Dr. Robert H. Schram at our Executive offices, BARC Production Services Warminster and Quakertown. Dr. Robert H. Schram has been the Executive Director here at BARC for the past 42 years and will retire in January 2020. Staff enjoyed a morning full of delicious food and sharing fond memories prompted by a thoughtful slideshow at each location. At his celebration breakfast in Warminster, Dr. Schram was presented a recognition citation for his years of service from the United States Senate. Thank you for your many years of advocacy and dedicated service. Enjoy your retirement Dr. Schram!

A look back at Dr. Robert H. Schram’s 42 year career with BARC Developmental Services.


In early November BARC Developmental Services associates, Chris Bennett, Human Resources Generalist, Madison Obert, Site Generalist, Mike Mengal, Production Manager, and Beth Brennan, Recruiter attended Penn State Abington to speak with students in the Rehabilitation and Human Services field about our wonderful internship opportunities here at BARC.


The second week of September is a celebration and time to honor Direct Support Professionals for the work they do supporting people with intellectual disability or autism. We are looking forward to celebrating all of the wonderful associates who make up our Direct Support Team. Thank you Governor Tom Wolf for declaring this recognition.

February 13, 2018

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January 31, 2018

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January 30, 2018

The passing of Joan Esling, 2nd Vice President of the BARC Developmental Services Board of Directors

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Esling, beloved BARC Developmental Services Vice President of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of the agency’s Advocacy/Human Rights Committee. Mrs. Esling has been an intricate part of the agency for 51 years. She can be described as dedicated, devoted and enthusiastic by all those who knew her. What follows are some highlights of her journey as an avid volunteer and advocate.

In 1967, Mrs. Esling succeeded in getting the first child, at age 6, placed in Bristol Township School District’s special education classes. That child, her son, was also in the agency’s daycare, one of the first services ever provided by BARC Developmental Services. In 1968, Mrs. Esling negotiated an agreement with Bristol Township for a building that remains the home of BARC Developmental Service’s Early Intervention Program. That same year, Joan spearheaded a summer camp to help special needs children maintain skills acquired throughout the school year. In 1980, through her sole efforts, Mrs. Esling re-activated the agency’s Advocacy/Human Rights Committee, became the Chairperson serving until her death on 1-8-18. In her many years of volunteering, Mrs. Esling has served on nearly all BARC Developmental Services committees and played a critical role in the development of the agency’s Quality Resources department. She also served as President of Bristol Bensalem Base Service Unit Board for over three decades.

In 2002, she was honored for her advocacy efforts with the prestigious Governors Silver and Gold award from a field of 150 nominees! In 2007, the Pennsylvania State Senate delivered a proclamation for her dedication and excellence in contributing to the well-being of the community. The same year, Mrs. Esling received a commendation from the Bucks County Commissioners recognizing her dedication to helping those with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Mrs. Esling was a volunteer role model to all those that have had the honor of knowing her. She will be deeply missed. Her spirit and accomplishments will live on with all the families supported at BARC Developmental Services.