Special needs students celebrate their superpowers at school parade

April 29, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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Kyla Sayer, 4, drives her car with help from Teacher's Assistant Christine Davis, Monday afternoon during the Easterseals Superhero Parade in Cranberry Twp. Members of the VFW Post 879 colorguard led the parade along with police and ambulance personnel from Cranberry Twp. The parade was held in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month.

CRANBERRY TWP — Scores of students marched down the sidewalks of the Easterseals' Linda Lanham Zeszutek School off Rowan Road, fully decked out in superhero costumes with signs displaying their superpowers.

“I can talk with my eyes,” said one sign. “I have a super smile,” said another.

Meanwhile, leading the procession walked veterans, officials and emergency responders from around the region.

The school provides special education and therapy to children, ages 3 to 8, with autism and other disabilities and created the parade for its students and in honor of National Autism Awareness Month.

Each of the students enrolled in the program and in the parade have special need and many face life-altering disabilities or disorders.

“So many of our children have autism or cerebral palsy or significant neurological impairments,” said Patty Braendle, director of children's programs for Easterseals western and central Pennsylvania. “We decided to have this superheroes event because (of) the superheroes in our lives.”

This is an excerpt — pick up Wednesday's Cranberry Eagle to read more about the parade.

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Caleb Harshberger

Caleb Harshberger

Caleb Harshberger is a reporter covering Adams, Forward and Middlesex Townships and Evans City, Callery and Valencia Boroughs. He started as an intern with the Butler Eagle in Jan. 2017 and was hired as a staff writer in June of that year. Harshberger earned a degree in philosophy at Grove City College in 2017 and is originally from Syracuse, N.Y.