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Because Autism Never Takes A Day Off

June 28, 2017 | By Paula Enzerra and Washington County Community Foundation | Thomas Enzerra Autism Project

Where can parents of children with Autism go for help? Doctors and therapists often recommend assistive technology, weighted blankets, or even dogs for service and emotional support. But, where to begin? And how do parents afford the laundry list of suggested supports for their children?

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Nurturing Young Readers

June 26, 2017 | By Daniel Brock | Bentleyville Public Library

Part of the Washington County Library System, the 75 year-old Bentleyville Public Library boasts a mix of physical books and an online catalog, all in spite of being housed in a temporary facility while renovations are being completed at its primary location.

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Planting the Seeds

June 23, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger | Literacy Council of Southwestern PA

Helen Crunick loves when she sees a baby when she is out and about in Washington County. The former Chartiers Houston School District teacher always stops to ask the parents of the baby if they received a Baby Book Bag from the Literacy Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Normally, the answer is always "yes," and that "thrills" Crunick.

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From Day Care to Director

June 22, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Robecca Novotne-Castner, 28, of North Charleroi, brings her son, Carter, to daycare at the Mon Valley YMCA every day. Castner went to the same daycare when she was Carter's age, and now she utilizes the service while she goes to work at the YMCA as their Human Resources director.

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With Vision Impairment, Comes a "Vision" of Talents

June 19, 2017 | By Beverly Weimer | Washington-Greene County Blind Association

For many years, Keith Aylsworth was a self-sufficient Information Technology professional working in both Computer Operations and Helpdesk environments. But after his vision deteriorated and he was left legally blind, he found himself turning to others for support.

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Getting Ahead While Getting Out

June 16, 2017 | By Kristin Emery | Blueprints

Lisa was at a low point in her life. She was in recovery for alcoholism, had lost her job in the food industry and ended up in jail because of a domestic dispute. That's when she saw a flyer for a program that could help her turn her life around. "I learned about the program when I was in jail," remembers Lisa. "I decided I was ready for a change when I got released. I wanted to make a plan for my future."

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