OnQ focuses on a language developed by a Pittsburgh-area man that helps physically and mentally challenged people lead fuller lives. Minspeak allows people to independently communicate a large vocabulary more quickly and efficiently than in similar devices. Produced by Pierina Morelli.
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Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.
Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009
Three unique programs that help seniors live independent and healthy lives in very different ways. We start with the PALS program that trains senior volunteers to help other seniors with everyday living needs, such as grocery shopping, household chores, etc.; then a McKeesport based non-profit that is using Smart Technology to help seniors improve their quality of life; and how pet therapy is being used in nursing homes and palliative care units to not only provide companionship but to help contribute to a longer, healthier life.
Ann Walko has sung the folks songs of her Carpatho-Rusyn heritage all of her life. At the age of 100, Ann is now working to preserve them. With the help of musicologist Jerry Jumba, Ann sings and Jerry writes down the music and words. OnQ goes to one of their preservation sessions.
Chris Moore takes a loving look at the cultural importance of barbershops in the African American community, focusing on barbers of color from Pittsburgh to Philly, and many places in between.
The library began offering Braille books in 1907, and now serves an estimated 36 counties in Pennsylvania so that "All May Read."
World War II veteran Clarence Brockman stumbled upon the largest concentration camp on German soil just after the Nazis abandoned it in 1945. The McDonald, PA resident never thought he'd return to that horrific place, but 65 years later, he did - this time to commemorate the liberation of the prisoners.