The Friendship Circle Creates Friendships For People With Special Needs

“It’s a lot of joy and it helped defined the character of our family,” Chani Baram said. “It created craziness but also fun.”

Baram grew up with four younger brothers and three were diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome, which is a genetic condition that causes intellectual and learning disabilities in addition to behavioral problems.

According to Baram, her husband Rabbi Zev Baram, as a teen befriended a boy with special needs. He enjoyed the friendship and decided to enrich the lives of children and teens with special needs as an adult. Once married, the couple decided to start the Friendship Circle in the Philadelphia area.

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An Organization Provides Computer Help For The Technically Challenged

Volunteer Malcolm Shabazz on the left, and Stanley Coles, work together to refurbish a computer.

Volunteer Malcolm Shabazz on the left, and Stanley Coles, work together to refurbish a computer at Nonprofit Technology Resources.

With computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones, everyone one has a computer and is connected to the Internet, right? Not really. According to the United States Census Bureau, 62.4 percent of the population in the United States with a household income of less than $25,000 a year owns a computer, and only 48.4 percent use the Internet. Nonprofit Technology Resources in Philadelphia aims to change that.

“Stan Pokras started it. It was originally a media idea that started in the 1970s and it was all public media and it was all about being inner-connected with one another, executive director of NTR, Caitlin Kaspar said. “As it came about he decided to make computers the main source instead of media.”

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