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Band Together Pittsburgh Allowing Performers with Autism to Shine

“Please welcome Joe and Patrick,” James Esser shouted to get the crowd ready for Band Together Pittsburgh’s performances. Being center stage and under the spotlight brings comfort and joy to Joe Hnath and Patrick Lah. They played a rendition of Young Blood from Smokey Joe’s Café at the Steamworks Creative in Gibsonia. “There are so […]

Nonspeaking Valedictorian with Autism Shares Her Voice in Commencement Address

“Life is for service.” Those are the words Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker lives by – words that inspired Rollins’ most famous graduate, Mr. Fred Rogers. Bonker, who is nonspeaking and has autism, gave a remarkable address during her school’s recent commencement ceremony in Winter Park, Florida. Clad in a cap and gown decorated with flowers, Bonker explained, through a […]

Eight Pro Athletes Who Raise Awareness for Down Syndrome

I am not into sports. But I love hearing about athletes who use their platform to raise awareness and money for people with disabilities. Being a parent of a child with Down syndrome, I believe the personal stories from these athletes, who have a wide reach and recognition, help bring acceptance and show my kids […]

The Power of Inclusion

As part of our new series Kindness 101, Steve Hartman is sharing stories built around themes of kindness and character and the people who’ve mastered both. His latest lesson is inclusion. Source: CBS News

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