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The Maternity BVM Disability Advisory Committee seeks to ensure that the disabled people of the parish are able to fully practice their faith, receive the sacraments and participate in parish functions regardless of their disability or limitations. The committee will strive to promote full inclusion by identifying areas of need, sharing resources and coordinating ideas. Ever mindful of the sensitive nature of this issue, the committee is dedicated to its mission to make true inclusion a reality for the entire parish community.xxxxxx

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Autism Expressedt
Start-up opens digital door for students with autism
Autism Expressed, a creation of Phila. teacher Michele McKeone, teaches not only basic computer literacy, but marketable coding and other computer skills to autistic students. It is available individually online and through some schools. Learn more about it at www.autismexpressed.com. Or read the Inquirer story about it here.

Step Up program
STEP UP program helps young adults with disabilities train for jobs

Whitney Williams was inspecting rows of books she had sorted, priced, and neatly arranged on a shelf at the Goodwill store in Lansdowne when a shopper stopped to ask her a question.

'What is this?' the woman asked, holding a shiny black rectangular gadget she had picked up from the electronics section. Williams was stumped.

But instead of simply saying she didn't know, the Upper Darby 21-year-old showed off her top-notch customer service skills by telling the woman she would find out. Running into the stockroom, she asked a colleague to come and look at the mystery item.

Not bad for someone whose only previous job experience was wiping tables in a school cafeteria.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140929_STEP_UP_program_helps_young_adults_with_disabilities_train_for_jobs.html#CpvC8z5rjF8G15AR.99 Read the Inquirer story about it here.

Time Out Respite Program
- A model intergenerational respite and home support program in which trained, screened Temple students provide quality, low cost services to families caring for the frail elderly.

Book provides poignant first-person look at Alzheimer's disease
Reviewed by Agostino Bono
Catholic News Service

'On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's' by Greg O'Brien. Codfish Press (Brewster, Mass.). 187 pp., $15.95.

A book about a man's agonizing descent into Alzheimer's disease could easily be steeped in negativity.

Tucked into O'Brien's narrative is a subtle, nonpolemical account of how faith nurtured in a large Irish-American Catholic family has helped three generations solidify to cope with the dementia in some of its members. 'We've got your back,' the younger generation often tells the elders.

O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's when he was 61 and wrote the book while his memory still functioned, even if in slow-motion. He combines factual information about Alzheimer's with his practical experiences of living with the disease.

Read the whole review here