McGuire Memorial Celebrates its 50th Year

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5Oth Anniversary

Inspires a Year of  Celebration!






Fifty years is no small feat for any marriage, friendship, business or nonprofit! So when one considers the odds of McGuire Memorial’s astonishing success over the past half century, it should come as no surprise that Sister Thaddeus envisioned a year-long celebration of retrospectives, tributes and gratitude.

“We are extremely excited about all the events and materials we have in development to celebrate this marvelous golden anniversary,” enthuses Sister Thaddeus, President and CEO of McGuire Memorial.  “It is a time of profound thanks as well as solemn praise while we honor those who played pivotal roles in our glorious development. And lest we forget, it’s also a time to party with all the requisite pomp and recognition a half century of service so richly deserves.”

Centered around the theme “A Celebration of Gratitude  … Memories of the Heart,” an entire year of celebratory events is scheduled to remind those who work and live at McGuire, as well as those who support our human service mission, of the extraordinary things that have been accomplished in the name of St. Francis of Assisi, Blessed Mary Angela, St. Felix of Cantalice and all who inspired McGuire’s God-given ministry.

To do this, McGuire Memorial launched its sweeping celebration on August 24th with a commemorative candle lighting ceremony. Over the next 12 months, employees and/or visitors can expect to see 5Oth anniversary signage, daily candle lighting ceremonies, continuous media coverage, special tree plantings, rose gardens, a car cruise … Something to pique everyone’s interest and abundant opportunity for supporters to get involved.

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To top it all off, McGuire’s golden year will culminate with an elegant banquet on August 11, 2013, so be sure to mark your calendars, and be watching for the dates and times of all aforementioned colorful events! Between now and next August, we’re making plans for creative 50th anniversary mailings,  special commemorative publications … We’re  opening our remodeled facility to host local civic organizations and special tours … Plus we’ve even organized a speaker’s bureau should you know of any organization interested in learning more about our life-altering mission.

Concludes Sister Thaddeus, “We want more people to know about our human service triumphs, and the singular, defining McGuire “magic” that originates with God and moves our spirits every day. We couldn’t imagine a more poetic moment in time than our 50th anniversary to share more of our story … and we look forward to welcoming each of you sincerely, lovingly and gratefully.”

For more information, Contact McGuire Memorial,

AP Stylebook Adds an Entry on Mental Illness to Help Bust Stigma

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The year 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the AP Stylebook and there are more than 90 new or updated entries. One of the newly established entries was added in March and addresses mental illness. Mental illness can carry the stigma that people are violent, unstable, more prone to failure, weak, and are not worthy of equal treatment. A lack of understanding about mental illness and inaccurate reporting contributes to the stigma. To help nip those issues in the bud, it is advised to report based on the new journalistic guidelines.

The guidelines read as follows:

• Do not describe an individual as mentally ill unless it is clearly pertinent to a story and the diagnosis is properly sourced.

• When used, identify the source for the diagnosis. Seek firsthand knowledge; ask how the source knows. Don’t rely on hearsay or speculate on a diagnosis. Specify the time frame for the diagnosis and ask about treatment. A person’s condition can change over time, so a diagnosis of mental illness might not apply anymore. Avoid anonymous sources. On-the-record sources can be family members, mental health professionals, medical authorities, law enforcement officials and court records. Be sure they have accurate information to make the diagnosis. Provide examples of symptoms.

• Mental illness is a general condition. Specific disorders are types of mental illness and should be used whenever possible: He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to court documents. She was diagnosed with anorexia, according to her parents. He was treated for depression.

• Some common mental disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (mental illnesses or disorders are lowercase, except when known by the name of a person, such as Asperger’s syndrome):

– Autism spectrum disorders. These include Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of  autism. Many experts consider autism a developmental disorder, not a mental illness.

– Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)

– Depression

– Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

– Schizophrenia

• Do not use derogatory terms, such as insane, crazy/crazed, nuts or deranged, unless they are part of a quotation that is essential to the story.

• Avoid descriptions that connote pity, such as afflicted with, suffers from or victim of. Rather, he has obsessive-compulsive disorder.

• Double-check specific symptoms and diagnoses. Avoid interpreting behavior common to many people as symptoms of mental illness. Sadness, anger, exuberance and the occasional desire to be alone are normal emotions experienced by people who have mental illness as well as those who don’t.

• Use the term mental or psychiatric hospital, not asylum.

The vocabulary describing mental illness and intellectual disabilities have undergone radical changes in the past, and will likely continue to evolve in the future as individuals with special needs garner a higher degree of acceptance in society.

To review the Associated Press’ full entry and press release on the subject, visit


Access Services’ 2nd Annual Fall Charity Event: Dinner in the Deep at Adventure Aquarium

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An Unforgettable Underwater Evening

Saturday, September 28, 2013
6 – 10 p.m.

Join Access Services for an evening of fins, food and fun! Enjoy dinner, live music, dancing, and a silent auction — all surrounded by Adventure Aquarium’s 550,000 gallon Shark Realm, an exhibit with 20 sharks and hundreds of amazing fish. The Currents Ballroom, where the event will be held, also offers a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and information, visit Access Services at or contact Katelin Breitmayer at 215.540.2150 ext. 329 or

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All proceeds from the event benefit children and adults with special needs who are served by Access Services.

TapTapSee Helps Blind and Visually Impaired to Identify the World Around Them

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Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined what it would be like to not see the world around you? This is a reality for millions of people. Some people are born blind, others fall ill or an accident takes away their ability to see. Net Ideas, LLC created an app for Apple products called TapTapSee which was first released on October 11th, 2012. It is a free app that was designed with the blind and visually impaired in mind, to help identify objects around them.

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TapTapSee is easy to use. The user double taps the screen to take a photo and the app will speak back identification of the object. In order to hear the spoken identification, VoiceOver must be turned on. What was once an unidentifiable object can now be “seen” with TapTapSee. This app is useful for organizing living space such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or an office. Getting dressed does not have to be a chore as the app can distinguish color and print. The user can now identify what is around them outside just by taking a picture. Another great feature of TapTapSee is its ability to identify US currency. TapTapSee can open up a whole new world and add a new sense of independence to the blind and visually impaired.

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The features of TapTapSee are its ability to identify any object, an automatic flash that comes on in low light, an auto-focus auditory beep to help with focusing, and a repeat button that repeats the last result. An online database is used to compare the images taken by the user so an internet connection is necessary. According to TapTapSee’s Marketing Executive, Dmitriy Konopatskiy, since its release in 2012, the app has processed close to 1,000,000 images and there are over 20,000 users since January 2013.

TapTapSee is compatible with iPhones, 3G and up, iPod Touch and iPad, and is available on iTunes.

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The Beaver Creek Candle Company is Dedicated to Improving the Lives of People with Developmental Disabilities

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People with disabilities want to be productive. They have their own desires and dreams to fulfill. The Beaver Creek Candle Company out of Ohio puts the spotlight on aspirations of the developmentally disabled. This organization is unique because all of their candles are made in the USA and handcrafted by people with developmental disabilities. The employees are proud of the candles they create and a sense of independence is instilled since each employee is paid. Every candle purchase supports the hard working, energetic, and enthusiastic individuals. All proceeds of candle sales go directly to the workers of The Beaver Creek Candle Company and its operation. The company is dedicated to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

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Image Source: Beaver Creek Candle Company

The Beaver Creek Candle Company offers many types of candles from paraffin wax, soy wax, and specialty candles. The specialty candles come in a variety of tantalizing pie scents from Apple to Pumpkin and realistic looking muffin candles in Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, and Cranberry. Perfect for when you want to fill your home with that just baked smell. Also in the product line are candle warmers and gorgeous handmade soaps available in an abundance of scents ranging from Wild Passion, Orange Cinnamon, Lemongrass, and Cool Citrus Basil. The Beaver Creek Candle Company also has a line called Private Label Candles. This is a unique product because it is customizable; you can choose from four candle jar sizes, 28 fragrances, 12 colors, and the label can be your own company logo or whatever you can dream up.

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Image Source: ManCans

The Beaver Creek Candle Company is not only dedicated to enriching the lives of the special needs community but the lives of others in many communities and have partnered up with ManCans. ManCans offers a specialty line of candles that cater to men without frilly and flowery scents. Fragrances include Dirt, New Mitt, Bacon, and Sawdust. ManCans come in recycled soup cans. Its mission is to support soup kitchens and feed people who need extra help. ManCans relationship with The Beaver Creek Candle Company allows the missions of both organizations to be fulfilled.

Fundraising opportunities are available for organizations interested in raising money with a unique product and helping to support people with developmental disabilities.

For a full listing of The Beaver Creek Candle Company’s product line; please visit the website at They are also available in select stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia.