St. Coletta of Greater Washington

Sharon Brady Raimo, the CEO of St. Coletta of Great Washington, a charter school in Southeast dedicated to the well-being and education of intellectually disabled children and adults. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The exterior of St. Coletta was designed by architect Michael Graves, who is himself in a wheelchair. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The common area of St. Coletta. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Lockers and wheelchairs—a hallway at St. Coletta school. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Art class at St. Coletta, where students as young as three can enroll. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

It’s lunchtime in cooking class at St. Coletta. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

A midday break for students at St. Coletta, in view of their own garden. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The glass-making studio, a craft St. Coletta hopes to make into an online business. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Music class at St. Coletta. It’s tradition for the music students to perform at the school’s annual gala fundraiser. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Symbol devices so children know what to do when during the course of their school day. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Some of the students are independent in the classrooms; others require full-time assistance. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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