September 12, 2016
One of the best things that could happen to TV this fall would be for JJ DiMeo to become just another sitcom character. The oldest child on ABC's Speechless , which premieres Sept. 21 between The Goldbergs and Modern Family (and is previewing early on ABC.com ), JJ is, like many TV teens, good-looking and a bit of a smart-ass. Like his mother, Maya (Minnie Driver), he challenges authority. Including hers. And like Micah Fowler ( Labor Day ), the actor who plays him, JJ has cerebral palsy.
April 2, 2016 |
Bruce C. Morgan, 76, of Coatesville, who retired in 1993 as the guidance director at Haddonfield Memorial High School, died of progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder, on Monday, March 28, at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Joseph G. Serico knew Mr. Morgan when Serico was assistant principal at Haddonfield from 1988 to 1990 and its principal from 1990 to 2002. "He was very focused on helping us keep central that children need to come first in all decision-making," Serico said.
October 2, 2015 |
Pamela Van Dusen Carpenter, 79, of East Falls, a mother and volunteer, died Friday, Sept. 18, of complications from progressive supranuclear palsy at home. A "displaced Minnesotan," Mrs. Carpenter came to Philadelphia in 1966 with her husband, John, an Episcopal priest. The family lived for two years in Port Richmond, where he was vicar at St. George's and Holy Redeemer Parish.In 1968, the two moved to Center City so he could attend law school. He joined the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and Mrs. Carpenter embraced Center City life with her five small children.
June 16, 2013 |
Matt Weibring posted a small victory for himself Saturday by being the last player to make the 36-hole cut at the U.S. Open. But the bigger victory for the 33-year-old Dallas native was in just getting to Merion Golf Club. Weibring, currently playing on the Web.com Tour, has been afflicted with Bell's palsy for the last 21/2 months and hadn't played a tournament since mid-April. "Your eye, the right side of your face gets paralyzed so you can't close or blink your eye or anything," said Weibring, the son of former PGA Tour player D.A. Weibring.
July 30, 2012 |
The climb up the 72 steps that lead to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art began at 10 a.m. Saturday for the woman known as the Left-Thumb Blogger. Glenda Watson Hyatt, a 44-year-old writer with cerebral palsy whose autobiography is called I'll Do It Myself , didn't quite do it alone. The Rocky devotees wouldn't let her. Hyatt was surrounded by a Rocky impersonator, a newspaper executive who wrote a book about Rocky, and a band playing the Rocky theme.
June 14, 2012 |
To be or not to be. Shakespeare chose simple words for the most complicated of questions, words so powerful that they have resonated for four centuries. When Heather Krause, a teaching artist with Walnut Street Theatre, saw how her students responded to those words, she had an outrageous idea: stage Hamlet with six high school-age actors with mental retardation and cerebral palsy, children so disabled that all are in wheelchairs and some cannot speak without the aid of machines.
May 3, 2011
TV has occasionally spotlighted physically challenged characters on fictional shows as well. Here are a few who stand out: "Tate" (1960). David McLean played a bounty hunter who's the fastest draw in the West even though he lost the use of his left arm in the Civil War. "Ironside" (1967-75). Although a sniper's bullet forced Raymond Burr's detective into a wheelchair, he still managed to roll over bad guys. "Longstreet" (1971-72). He may have been blinded by an explosion, but James Franciscus' insurance investigator could still see through criminals' flimsy stories.
June 17, 2010 |
THE GREAT ATHLETES play relaxed. No moment is too overwhelming. The possibilities are considered and analyzed. When you watch Evan Turner next season, and every indication is that you will be watching him play for the 76ers, notice the rhythm and pace to his game. It is understated, quiet, effective and very relaxed. When you've been where Turner has been and lived what he has lived, playing basketball does not seem all that daunting. Before his fourth birthday, Turner got just about every illness imaginable.
March 1, 2010 |
Born in Russia with cerebral palsy in 1990, Vanya Pashtukhov was abandoned by his alcoholic mother at a bleak Moscow orphanage called Baby House 10. For the next half-dozen years, he was clothed in rags and confined to a metal crib in near-constant "bed regime. " Government doctors labeled him "ineducable" and, when he was only 6, shunted him to an adult asylum for "mental defectives. " "It was terrifying," he recalled recently. "Like a devil's den. " Pashtukhov's pitiful childhood was no singular nightmare.
January 27, 2008 |
A student with cerebral palsy can resume playing soccer with crutches for Strath Haven High, Pennsylvania state athletic officials have ruled. Strath Haven junior Bobby Calderoni had been ruled ineligible last fall after a collision with another player. The PIAA's board of directors overrode that decision Friday. For the last two seasons, the PIAA had allowed Calderoni to play using the padded metal supports, which he is not allowed to raise above his waist. But his eligibility was revoked after a junior varsity game last fall in which the opposing goalkeeper broke a finger.