How ‘The Influencer’ Helps Autistic Performers Rehearse Connection

Natalie Webber during a rehearsal for "The Influencer" with The Miracle Project
Natalie Webber during a rehearsal for “The Influencer” with The Miracle Project

Elaine Hall said when her son started showing signs of autism, she just wanted to connect with him. “When he would spin in circles, I would,” she shared. “We’d be birds and we’d fly together and we’d connect.”

The providers of traditional autism therapies and support would tell Hall that in seeking connection by meeting her son where he was, she was “enabling his autism.” Hall still sought a different way to support her son’s growth and development.

She recruited many of her friends and colleagues from her life as a top Hollywood acting coach as well as creative special education professionals. They assisted her in the development of a method that turned into The Miracle Project, a performing arts organization geared toward people on the spectrum.

There are different facets of The Miracle Project, including social skills

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Bensalem Businesses Prepare For Green: What To Expect

BENSALEM, PA — Mall rats of Bensalem, rejoice! Neshaminy Mall is just one of the local spots that will be opening its doors Friday, when Bucks County moves into the more lenient green phase of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus plan.

“We’re opening Friday, June 26 and taking the necessary steps to ensure you have a safe and worry-free visit,” mall officials wrote in a social media post. “We’ve missed you!”

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The mall is just one of many businesses in Bensalem gearing up for changes as the county takes a step toward normalcy. And, like other Bensalem businesses, they’ll be doing things a little bit differently than before.

Brookfield Properties, which owns Neshaminy Mall, said it will be limiting the number of customers allowed inside to aid social distancing, has added hand sanitizer stations and rearranged food court seating

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Is It Safe To Let People Use Your Bathroom During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

There are many steps you can take to make the process of letting someone use your bathroom safer. (Photo: Niccoló Pontigia / EyeEm via Getty Images)
There are many steps you can take to make the process of letting someone use your bathroom safer. (Photo: Niccoló Pontigia / EyeEm via Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our social lives in many ways. Perhaps one of the most notable changes is the rise of the physically distanced backyard hangout.

We’ve all seen the images of small groups of people sitting outside and having a drink. Although any sort of gathering does carry some risk for spreading the coronavirus, we know it’s much less easily transmitted outside, where there’s more space and more natural airflow. 

Still, there’s one issue that seems unavoidable: What happens when someone has to use the bathroom?

“The real risk is from person-to-person interaction, so letting someone use your bathroom would not pose a major risk of disease exposure,” said Brian Labus, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ School of

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6 tips to create a strong password for any site, and keep your data secure

It's not hard to create a strong password.
It’s not hard to create a strong password.

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  • To create a strong password, you should use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

  • Once you’ve given one account a strong password, don’t reuse that password for other accounts — doing so means that if one account is hacked, all of your accounts can be compromised.

  • Using a password manager will help you keep track of your passwords, and allow you to create strong passwords for every account.

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Passwords can be immensely annoying, especially if you have many different accounts. Eventually, something will come along to replace them — many modern smartphones already use face or fingerprint scanners.

But right now, we have to use passwords. This means that you should know how to create strong and unique passwords to protect your accounts.

Why strong, complex

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Here’s When Companies In America Are Planning To Reopen Their Offices

One-third of companies say they will allow employees to work from home through the rest of 2020, according to a SHRM survey. (Photo: Masafumi Nakanishi via Getty Images)
One-third of companies say they will allow employees to work from home through the rest of 2020, according to a SHRM survey. (Photo: Masafumi Nakanishi via Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the office routines of millions of Americans, and many office workers don’t yet know when they will return to their buildings.

The answer to “When do I need to report back to the office?” is significant, because it can dramatically change a person’s plans. Knowing when you need to go back to an office impacts commuting, childcare duties, budget and even housing or moving plans. 

Forty-five percent of organizations have not announced a date employees will return to worksites, according to a May survey of more than 1,000 members of the Society of Human Resource Management. 

When employees have been given a timeline for returning to work, answers vary on what that ideal time should be. Of companies

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How to Register for Dior x Nike Jordan 1 OG High & Low: Microsite Launched Today

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Dior launched the microsite today where you can register to buy its limited-edition Air Jordan 1 OG Dior sneakers that collectors all over the world over have been awaiting with bated breath.

Participants must select just one boutique and register only once for their desired style and size. They can choose to register for either the Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior sneaker or the Air Jordan 1 Low OG Dior sneaker, selecting their size and preferred pick-up location.

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Liberal groups are restarting door-to-door campaigning. But not all think it’s the right time.

Convinced they can do it safely and under pressure to match Republicans, a selection of Democratic-aligned groups are moving ahead with plans to restart their door-to-door voter canvassing operations, even amid a pandemic that has largely halted in-person campaigning since the spring.

Not everyone in the party is convinced it’s a good idea.

Working America, a political organizing arm of the AFL-CIO, plans to partially resume its canvassing effort next month to help elect Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats, according to executive director Matt Morrison, with a test run in Michigan before expanding to other locations across the country if all goes well.

It’s joined by another group, the Progressive Turnout Project, which this past weekend began sending volunteers and staffers to knock on doors in Colorado and plans to expand to seven additional states this coming weekend.

Officials with both organizations say they are taking significant steps to make

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4 Delectable Packaged Food Stocks to Nourish Your Portfolio

The U.S. packaged food industry appears to be on a roll, courtesy of the rising demand for essentials amid the coronavirus-led stockpiling as well as increased at-home consumption. Well, the stay-at-home orders and other social distancing measures issued in March have highlighted a paradigm shift in consumer spending patterns, including increased buying of packaged food and related items. With more Americans staying at home, food consumption and demand has gone up significantly.

Incidentally, the ready-to-cook and other packaged food and beverage items are moving off the shelves faster than usual, whereas away-from-home food options have been off the table. Increased stay-at-home, work-from-home and dine-at-home trends have majorly stimulated demand for packaged food products, as they are easy to make, comfort food and also considered safer compared to outside food. Additionally, these non-perishable items can be piled up and stored, saving consumers from going out to buy food too often.


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Unilever renames Fair & Lovely skin cream after backlash

Unilever will rename Fair & Lovely, a skin-lightening cream which has been criticised for promoting negative stereotypes around dark skin tones.

It will also remove references to “whitening” or “lightening” on the products, which are sold across Asia.

Unilever acknowledged the branding suggests “a singular ideal of beauty”.

Two separate petitions urging Unilever to stop the production of its Fair & Lovely range have been signed by more than 18,000 people in recent weeks.

“This product has built upon, perpetuated and benefited from internalised racism and promotes anti-blackness sentiments,” one says.

A second petition claimed the cream “tells us that there is something wrong with our color, that we have to be light in order to feel beautiful. In order to feel worthy.”

‘Fully committed’

Sunny Jain, President of Beauty & Personal Care at Unilever, said: “We are fully committed to having a global portfolio of skin care brands that

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Brittany Howard Got Personal, and Now Her Music Is More Political Than Ever

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Brittany Howard has never let the world dictate her fate. In her still-young career, her musical outpouring has been relentless: she’s formed three bands (Alabama Shakes, Thunderbitch, and Bermuda Triangle), released four albums (two with the Shakes, one with Thunderbitch, and a recent solo record, Jaime), and worked herself into a dizzy, dripping fever on countless stages. Each successive project has marked a step in a new direction, but none more so than, Jaime, her first nakedly autobiographical album.

Though Howard’s prior music had been personal to varying degrees, Jaime was the sort of work that only she could make, and that she could only make alone. Named after her sister who died of cancer as a teenager, it faced

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