July 22, 2014 |
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Cami needs leg braces and, except when she is home, uses forearm crutches. But that hasn't stopped this bubbly, polite 17-year-old with the curly red hair and the beautiful smile. She loves going to karate class and church, shopping, swimming, and watching TV. She is also looking forward to starting 12th grade in the fall. She enjoys school, where she receives special-education services, and especially likes her life-skills classes. If Cami had three wishes, they would be a computer, a new TV/DVR, and a vacation trip, preferably to Disney World.
July 22, 2014 |
Documentary filmmaker Henry Nevison was behind the camera, but he was no longer just an observer. As he recorded the uneasy first meeting between two groups of students, the Doylestown resident experienced the same anxiety evident among them. "I felt awkward, uncomfortable," Nevison said. "I thought, 'How are they going to communicate, much less form a relationship?' " Nevison was filming the beginning of a theatrical collaboration between students from Germantown Friends School and their fellow performers from the HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy in Southwest Philadelphia.
June 29, 2014 |
With less than two years remaining in his final term, an emotional Mayor Nutter bid farewell Friday to three members of his inner circle. Addressing a standing-room crowd in the ornate Mayor's Reception Room, Nutter welled up several times, saying he was announcing the departures with "great pride, deep sadness, and tremendous confidence. " "These individuals are truly like family," he said. "We spend a lot of time together, and we've all been through a lot. " All three have been with Nutter since the early days of his first term in 2008.
June 26, 2014 |
LIKE ANY PROUD parent, Michele Davis was excited about her daughter's big day - seeing 17-year-old Yadeerah Chisom walk across the stage at West Philadelphia High School to receive her diploma. But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when she realized Yadeerah's name was omitted from the graduation program and she didn't get a tassel for her cap. When Davis approached school officials before the ceremony, they told her there was nothing they could do about it, she said.
May 30, 2014 |
AN INSTRUMENTAL string arrangement of Coldplay's "Clocks" played through the room and Rachel Federman-Morales began directing the troupe of 10 dancers, as she has every Tuesday evening since early October. Aligned across from one another, the dancers' eyes locked. They had just completed a long school day and now they had one more rehearsal before the big performance, scheduled for this morning in Drexel University's Mandell Theater at MacAlister Hall. Like any dance troupe, this one is composed of unique individuals with a common goal.
January 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - So much attention was being directed at the man who preferred to stick to his own script of saying nothing. Media members - some armed with notepads and recorders and others with cameras and boom mikes - lined up 10 deep to get a glimpse of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch on Tuesday afternoon at the Prudential Center. After six minutes and some interesting answers about his youth in Oakland, Lynch declared his talking portion of Super Bowl media day over. "Y'all have a good day," he said.
December 15, 2013 |
Cerebral palsy has left Jonathan Chiccino's body crippled and contorted. But it hasn't left a scratch on his keen intellect. The 32-year-old Temple University graduate with a 3.6 grade point average is setting his sights on law school. The barrister-to-be wants to practice either family or divorce law. Before Chiccino can join the bar, he must first clear a bar - the law school admissions test. It won't be easy. He'll need a waiver for special accommodations including extended time to complete the exam.
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.