Access to Theatre Inspires Leadership and Creativity

Since 1993, the Ivy Street School has strived to provide a strong developmental and educational foundation for adolescents living with neurological injuries and disorders. While completing personalized academic programs, students at the Ivy Street School take part in a number of activities and vocational training programs through local resources such as Access to Theatre.

Access to Theatre (ATT) is sponsored by Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD). A nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, PYD is dedicated to empowering young people with disabilities through mentorships and developmental programs.

Offering both a year round extracurricular program and a full-time summer institute, Access to Theatre helps its participants expand their artistic abilities while also developing communication and leadership skills. ATT students study performance topics such as acting, directing, music, choreography and improvisation. Additionally, participants learn how to create a production through studies in costuming, props, and set design. At the ATT Summer Institute, participants also have the opportunity to develop their own original show.

Access to Theatre holds its rehearsals and performances in Canton, Massachusetts, and partners with several local organizations. The program is partially sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouthReach Program and collaborates with institutions such as the Boston Center for the Arts.

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American Red Cross Issues Urgent Plea for Blood Donations

As one of the only institutions in the area devoted exclusively to providing ongoing therapy and resident educational services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions, Ivy Street School strives to prepare students for independent, successful lives. An active part of the Brookline, Massachusetts, community, Ivy Street School regularly works with the American Red Cross’ local Massachusetts chapter.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood donations and has issued an urgent request for contributions. As the largest blood supplier in the nation, the American Red Cross is responsible for supporting more than 41,000 patients every day. However, a 8 percent decline in donations in 2014 has resulted in a shortfall of about 80,000 donations. The shelf life of donor blood is only 42 days, so the need for new donations is ongoing. Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Massachusetts law requires donors to be at least 17, or 16 if accompanied by an adult, and donors must be over 110 pounds and have a driver’s license, donor’s card, or two other forms of ID.