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Jane Miller article in Autism File Global Magazine issue 36 2010 : Click link below

Practical Approaches to Taking Care of Nails and Hair: Training Away Fear and Resistance

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Webinar

In June, Deb Jastrebski and Karen Bashkow did a Webinar on Practice Without Pressure at Achieva, Pittsburgh. If you’d like to take a peek, clink on the link below, register, and the Webinar will come up in a separate window.

Practice Without Pressure Webinar

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Now Playing: PRACTICE WITHOUT PRESSURE with Deborah Jastrebski.

Click the text below to be redirected to Voice America and Hear the Interview with our Deborah Jastrebski

Deborah Jastrebski is the founder and CEO of Practice Without Pressure, a Delaware-based US nonprofit that is working to change both the perception of people with disabilities and the ways in which they receive services. Practice Without Pressure helps people, especially those with disabilities, overcome their fear of medical, dental, and personal care procedures so that they can complete routine care without restraints and with confidence.

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Whyy Interview July 2nd, 2010

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Interview with Deborah Jastrebski about Practice Without Pressure on Rowan University radio, December, 2008

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MISSION IN ACTION

Practice Without Pressure: Opening Doors to Quality Care for those with Special Needs

February 2010

We are thrilled to introduce you to a brand-new Newsflash highlight, "Mission in Action." Each month, this feature gives you an inside look at how your support of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate translates into life-empowering, life-saving breast cancer activism here at home.

This month, our focus is on a Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Grantee, Practice Without Pressure (PWP), dedicated to helping people - especially those with disabilities - receive quality breast health care with dignity and respect.

More than just relating stories of our grantees and other community outreach activities, "Mission in Action" offers you deeper insights into the various breast health needs in our community, while also providing important lessons you can share with the people who make up the many different facets that define your own life.

Every day, right here in the neighborhoods in which you live, your support of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate translates into life-empowering, life-saving breast cancer activism. More than just relating stories of our grantees and other community outreach activities, "Mission in Action" offers you deeper insights to the various breast health needs in our community, while also providing important lessons you can share with the people who make up the many different facets that define your own life.

February Focus: Practice Without Pressure Empowers Young Women with Disabilities to Practice Early Detection

For many women, finding the time - and the comfort level - to follow early detection practices such as regular breast self exams, clinical exams and mammograms, can be a challenge, and, unfortunately a deterrent to taking the steps that can save lives. For women with disabilities such as Down Syndrome, as well as their caregivers, achieving that comfort level and assuring quality care can be even more of a challenge. Quite possibly, it can even be more critical because women with disabilities often do not receive preventative women's health exams and are at higher risk for cancer

Through our community grants program, the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate is proud to empower the mission of Practice Without Pressure (PWP) to help close the gaps between quality breast healthcare and women with disabilities via PWP's Women's Health Initiative. Educating women with developmental disabilities, their support persons and providers on the importance of women's health and breast exams, this unique program uses a hands-on learning experience and a Practice ModelTM to help such women overcome their fears of the procedures, and participate in lifesaving exams without commonly used sedation or restraints.

Recently, Dian, a PWP program participant, found empowerment for herself, as well as for other members of her family. Her story offers us all a fabulous lesson on not only taking care of ourselves, but also making sure those we love have the knowledge, determination and support to make live-saving practices a part of daily life.

Watch a short video and share in Dian's empowerment as she recounts her PWP experience.