Mt. Airy art professor started school for autistic kids

Local Life | October 19th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder, a brain-based disorder characterized by social communication challenges and restricted repetitive behaviors, activities and interests. And for reasons not fully understood, the prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from […]

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A VAST improvement for disabled high school students

Local Life | October 13th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak University of Pennsylvania’s Vocational Academic Social Skills Training Life Skills Independence Functional Experiences (or VAST LIFE program) has been life-changing for high school students with moderate to severe disabilities like Joselito “Josie” Torres, 19, who attends Olney Charter High School, 100 W. Duncannon Ave. in Olney. The VAST LIFE program pairs […]

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Reaching for heaven in old Catholic church: After 17 years, Circus School finds home in W. Mt. Airy

Local Life | October 12th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Stacia Friedman The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA), formerly located in Germantown, is on the move. “After 17 years of operations, and an exhaustive property search, we are finally able to say we have realized a dream,” said PSCA executive director Shana Kennedy, 41, of Germantown. “Our new home is in the former […]

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She Rocks, but ‘Miss Crazy’ should be kicked to the curb

Local Life | October 5th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Kay G. Rock This summer we traveled to Scotland with four friends. We saw wonderful sights: Edinburgh Castle, the Highlands and Isle of Skye and Glasgow’s soaring Central Station. We heard glorious sounds: the Military Tattoo featuring hundreds of bagpipers en masse, the distinctive Highland dialect, an actor reciting Robert Burns’ poetry (in Scots) […]

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