Administrator of Scientific
Programs and Inclusion Initiatives
With the rapid growth and success of the Eagles Autism Challenge, a new position has been created to support the
logistics around the funding application and the review process, as well as the development and enhancement of autism
inclusion initiatives. Kirsten Saraceni has been named Administrator of Scientific Programs and Inclusion Initiatives for
the Eagles Autism Foundation. She brings with her experience from the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
and has already made a tremendous impact by implementing visual schedules for every home game. Kirsten had been
primarily working with individuals and found the opportunity to have a larger impact utilizing the Eagles platform was an
exciting next step.
Growing up, Kirsten’s best friend’s younger brother had autism and since then it has been a part of her life. She
started working at the Kinney Center in her freshman year at St. Joseph’s University and fell in love with the work.
“Working with individuals with autism opens your eyes to the world around you,” Saraceni said. “The impact that
individuals on the spectrum can have is truly amazing.”
Kirsten Saraceni brings experience
working with individuals with autism.
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Trading their formal wear for Eagles
green and player jerseys, the Philadelphia
Orchestra performed a concert on March
23 at the NovaCare Complex, welcoming
families with sensory sensitivities.
Before the performance, children and
parents were invited to participate in balloon
making, face painting and information stations.
To ensure those with sensory challenges
could fully enjoy the concert, families were
offered a variety of options including use of a
sensory room, fidget toys and noise-cancelling
headphones. The 70-yard practice bubble
was transformed into a “no-shush zone” for
the performance to celebrate inclusion.
“The Philadelphia Orchestra is about
sharing music. There are many people in
our community for whom a traditional
concert hall is not the best place to hear
and enjoy and be connected to music and
this is just the perfect setting”, said Matias
Tarnopolosky, president and CEO of The
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s sensory-friendly performance
provided an inclusive, “no-shush zone” for fans.
The event also featured face
painting and balloon animals.