By Jane Babian and Caralyn Dientsman

South Philadelphia: Rare Syndrome Won’t Keep Musician From Her Passion

South Philadelphia: Rare Syndrome Won’t Keep Musician From Her Passion

Before being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Kelianne Murray believed she had a normal childhood.  She enjoyed running around in the park, climbing trees and hanging off of monkey bars in her hometown of Ewing, New Jersey. She never realized something was wrong until her freshman year of college. Looking back, she realizes the signs were there […]

 

Technically Philly: The Passion Behind EvoXLabs

Technically Philly: The Passion Behind EvoXLabs

After suffering from a spinal cord injury as result of a car accident in 2013, Ather Sharif began his Spinal Cord Injury Blog soon after to motivate people in a similar situation to move forward. Sharif, a web developer for nearly 10 years, said he learned more about the things that limit those with disabilities […]

 

Nicetown: The Arc Provides A Safety Net For Disabled

The Arc has always been on the cutting edge of treatment and care for people with disabilities. The Philadelphia chapter in Nicetown embodies this progressive philosophy, and the results have been tangible. Members of the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been provided with job training and placement, as well as critical life skills. The Arc, a […]

 

Allegheny: Five People You Should Know

Allegheny: Five People You Should Know

Allegheny West is on the rise. Community leaders are fighting poverty and hunger, but they’re also being proactive – job training and placement is offered through more than one organization. Although the end goal is the same, these influential people are taking several approaches. Whether they deliver the message through prayer, music or media, the […]

 By Danielle Rosati

Wynnefield: Program Provides Employment for Residents with Disabilities

Wynnefield: Program Provides Employment for Residents with Disabilities

[vimeo 53122880] People with disabilities are a large but largely overlooked minority group in America.  The desires for employment among people with disabilities are no different from other groups. The Inglis Community Employment Services offers people with disabilities job coaching and training.  Although this entity focuses mainly on clients with physical disabilities it occasionally serves a […]

 By Kimberly Cuenca and Tina DiSerafino

Logan: Yorkhouse Provides Seniors With Luxury Living Options

Logan: Yorkhouse Provides Seniors With Luxury Living Options

Kevin Griffin spent many years trying to convince his parents to sell their home and move into The Yorkhouse, a housing facility with luxury-style apartments built for seniors age 55 and older. Griffin said it had become increasingly difficult for him to travel to their home regularly in order to ensure that they had taken […]

 By Nicole Dalrymple

Northeast: Riding Academy Helps Those in Need

Northeast: Riding Academy Helps Those in Need

It’s been some time since 27-year-old Kristy Spressark was here. She remembers the various skills she obtained when she started as a child. Although the realization has set in that once seemingly easy tasks now require more effort than she recalls. Spressark has a cavernoma, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels mainly found in the […]