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April is World Autism Month, but Holland Elementary School Champions Students with Special Needs Every Month

Each year, Patient First provides a monetary gift to schools near our centers. In Lower Bucks County Pennsylvania near our Feasterville center, Holland Elementary school used their gift to purchase adaptive physical education equipment. The new equipment is now enabling children with autism and a variety of other special needs to participate fully in gym activities. The school provided a “demonstration day” and invited us out to show us how our gift was put to such good use. They even invited Miss Pennsylvania Meghan Sinisi along to check things out. Meghan is an advocate for children with Autism and the founder of her own 501c3 organization, “From a New Perspective” which provides assistance to families and individuals on the autism spectrum by identifying resources and promoting autism appreciation through educational efforts. We discovered something quite incredible at the school during our visit. They have adopted a “reverse inclusion” model there, where typically developing students are paired with students with special needs to make new friendships, learn compassion, empathy, acceptance and appreciation for diversity. According to Miss Pennsylvania, “this school’s awareness and culture should be a positive example to every school in Pennsylvania and beyond!” We really enjoyed spending time with School Principal Joe MacClay and his incredibly dedicated team of professionals who showed us around, demonstrated equipment and provided opportunities to interact with students directly.

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