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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.