November 26, 2013 |
In 2001, an 8-year-old from Springfield, Delaware County, named Hayden Dahmm - then severely vision-impaired but with a remarkable talent for drawing - made headlines by creating a comic book that starred a crime-fighting toilet and that raised more than $10,000 for the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks. Two years ago, Dahmm began creating a new improbable story. He walked onto an unfamiliar Swarthmore College campus with a white cane - "bumping into things," in his words - and a dream of accomplishing something not many before him have: overcoming his now-total blindness to become an engineer.
October 27, 2013 |
After Plymouth Whitemarsh had posted its biggest win of the season, a 28-23 triumph over Upper Dublin on Friday night, senior quarterback Connor Hanlon hurried off the field to celebrate with family members. Included in the group was his 15-year-old brother, Sean, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. "He means so much to me," Connor Hanlon said. "He keeps me grounded. Whenever things get rough, I think of all that he's had to go through in his life. He's made so many trips to the hospital.
July 29, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game was supposed to be Elena Delle Donne's coronation. She was to start. She was the first rookie to receive the most votes. The game was to be a celebration, not just for her but for a league that has had an influx of young, marketable stars this year. But she suffered a concussion on Wednesday and announced on Friday that she will not play. On Thursday, fellow rookie and projected starter Brittney Griner announced she would also miss the game, with a sprained left knee.
July 20, 2013
A 45-year-old Gloucester County man with cerebral palsy drowned while exercising in his family's inground pool Thursday, authorities said. The man, whose name was not released, was found at the bottom of the pool's deep end by family members who left him briefly unattended at the residence in the 1000 block of Spruce Avenue in Monroe Township, authorities said. He was rushed to Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township and pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the Monroe Township police preliminarily determined the drowning was accidental.
July 18, 2013 |
Julia Burke didn't wear her leg braces to class, so her teacher told her to hit the floor for a few punishment push-ups. "Are you kidding me?" said Burke, 17, a student at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote. Teacher Kenn Perry offered no jokes from his wheelchair, and Burke, who has cerebral palsy, gave him four. In the self-defense class that Perry teaches with fellow black belt Christopher Genell, tough talk comes with high expectations. Students get no easy outs because they have disabilities.
July 14, 2013 |
Amanda Long is immobile without her wheelchair. She lacks the coordination to lift a fork. And she has not spoken a word since she was 3. Yet Long's powerful artwork hangs on the walls of Tastykake Inc.'s corporate headquarters, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and 15 other buildings on the East Coast. Long, 21 of Center Valley, Pa., is one of more than 50 students who attend HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy in University City. Like the Irish painter and writer Christy Brown, portrayed in the film My Left Foot , Long and her fellow students have repurposed their bodies to overcome some of the restrictions imposed by their illness.
July 13, 2013 |
This piece of financial common sense might appear to be elementary: Never give out your ATM personal identification number. But if you're Michael Anderson, it's not so elementary. Anderson, 31, of Merion, has cerebral palsy. Who but someone with Anderson's PIN could withdraw money for a man who uses a wheelchair and has limited use of his hands? And yes, he's been robbed by one of his attendants. Susan Tachau has seen this time and time again with many of her clients - and several times with Anderson, who is her son. As Tachau has counseled people with disabilities, she has discovered cases in which they have been ripped off and failed to realize it until their accounts have been emptied.
June 25, 2013 |
Born with cerebral palsy and using a wheelchair, Robert Florek can't walk and play sports like most other 14-year-olds. But now he can play baseball and circle the bases, all smiles. That's because Camden County has opened the "Boundless Field" at Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill, a baseball diamond with a rubber playing surface that is more accessible to people with disabilities than grass or dirt fields. "This is awesome. With him being in a wheelchair, we can't push it around on the grass," said Robert's mother, Joan, of Blackwood.
June 25, 2013 |
* UNDER THE DOME. 10 tonight, CBS3. A SMALL Maine town, cut off from the outside world, sounds like a glorious vacation. Trust Stephen King to see the downside. The master of horror brings his peculiar worldview to CBS today with the launch of a 13-episode series, "Under the Dome. " Based on King's 2009 novel, it chronicles what happens when a transparent, soundproof dome comes slamming down over the town of Chester's Mill, flattening houses, slicing livestock in half - yes, that's the money shot - and trapping neighbors and strangers alike with all kinds of problems they won't be able to run away from.