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Support for Families of Children with Cerebral Palsy

New Educational Program Launched by “Reaching for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy” Blazing New Trails™, a new educational initiative, launched recently to bring information and support to families impacted by cerebral palsy (CP). The goal of the program is to educate patients with CP and their families about the latest updates in overall management, physical and occupational therapies, and adaptive technologies that may help children living with CP and […]

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Miracle Babies

By all medical standards, I should not be sitting here writing this piece. My life was critical and fragile from the moment I exited the womb. Thanks to wonderful doctors and medical advances, I am here today to share with you a little about what I like to call my humble beginnings. As the sun pushed over the horizon on March 14, 1992, my twin and I pushed fighting breaths out of our lungs for […]

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Internships Ease Transition To Post-21 Life

BY RACHEL EZEKIEL-FISHBEIN Internships can pave the way for a more satisfying life with rich connections to community and meaningful experiences, and possibly employment. “Good morning. It’s nice to see you. I have a delivery for you. Would you like a newspaper?” asks Annie Kramer-Golinkoff, using head switches to access her Dynavox augmentative communication device. Annie maneuvers the hallways of JEVS’ Human Services’ administrative offices in downtown Philadelphia expertly with her power wheelchair, stopping at […]

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Don’t Give Up

In the beginning of my journey of accepting my daughter’s diagnosis of hemiplegic cerebral palsy, I had a very difficult time seeing all the things she was capable of doing. I spent my days focused on the can’ts, not the cans. It was hard on me because I claimed to be positive and encouraging on the outside, but on the inside, I was battling negative thoughts about her future. When she was very young, I […]