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Beyond Boundaries:
An OnQ Special Series

OnQ is proud to partner with Highmark to bring you Beyond Boundaries. This special series includes feature reports and in-studio discussions on people living with disabilities who are living independent, productive and healthy lives. Below are descriptions of the four days of coverage.


Beyond Boundaries - With 1.8 million Pennsylvanians living with a disability, there are significant reasons to help them lead independent, healthy lives. OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports on the scope of the issue including challenges as well as efforts to promote inclusion, especially in the workforce.

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Chaz Kellem - He's a young man who's always on the go, working in his community and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities. Chaz works for the Pittsburgh Pirates as Manager of Disability Initiatives. OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports.

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Beyond Boundaries: In the Workplace - A successful, functional work environment is not only essential for people with disabilities, but for their co-workers and the company as well. The topic is discussed with guests Melissa Ferraro, Manager of Staffing, Compliance and Accessibility for Highmark and Michele D. Halleran, a Highmark employee who is deaf.

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Three Rivers Center for Independent Living - This non-profit, community based human services organization assists people with disabilities so they can lead self-directed, productive lives within the community. OnQ's Chris Moore visits the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, and reports on its success stories.

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Minspeak - It's just one of many fascinating developments helping physically and mentally challenged people to lead fuller lives. OnQ focuses on a language developed by a Pittsburgh-area man. Minspeak allows people to independently communicate a large vocabulary more quickly and efficiently than in similar devices.

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Beyond Boundaries: Independent Living and Technology - Mark Schmeler, Ph.D., is with the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology and Dee Delaney is the Executive Director of the FISA Foundation. They will join in a discussion about independent living and technology that improve the quality of life for people living with a disability.


Children's Home of Pittsburgh Dance Class - Led by dance instructor Andrew Blight of the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, these dance classes benefit kids from Child's Way, a daycare program for children with special medical needs. Classes consist of stretching, jumping, leaping and can also help improve comprehension and memory skills.

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Beyond Boundaries: Culture & Leisure Discussion - Guests Joan Stein, President and CEO of Accessibility Development Associates and Veronica Corpuz from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust discuss the quality of life for people living with disabilities and the importance of access to arts and culture.

Blind Bowling League - For more than 30 years, blind bowlers have been meeting in a Pittsburgh league, having fun, fellowship and encouraging others to go beyond their perceived limitations. In this Emmy-nominated feature report, OnQ contributor Mike Clark shows how the league knocks down pins and stereotypes.

For more information on the Mon Valley Pioneers Blind Bowlers, call Dan Driscoll at 412-751-0897 or Joe Oestreich at 412-466-4661


Saint Anthony School Programs - Despite living with Down syndrome, David Bechtold works two jobs and enjoys living independently at his Squirrel Hill apartment. OnQ's Michael Bartley spends the day with David and his mom Cindy, who credits
St. Anthony School Programs for providing David with life skills.

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James Fair: A Welcome Home - In November 2003, SPC James Fair was critically wounded by a bomb while serving in Iraq. His injuries included the loss of both hands and the loss of sight in both eyes. Now, with the help of Homes for Our Troops, Duquesne Light, the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show and many others, Fair is living independently in a Ross Township home built to accommodate his special needs. OnQ contributor Harold Hayes reports.

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Beyond Boundaries: Resources, Challenges and Solutions - Guests Al Condeluci, Executive Director of UCP/CLASS and David Miles, President & CEO of The Children's Institute, join OnQ for a discussion that concludes this four part series on the importance of helping people with disabilities lead independent and healthy lives.

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