April 5, 2023 / Modified aug 1, 2023 2:12 p.m.

"All In for Autism" celebrates a unique part of our community.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Meet Ashly Burch, the voice of a new Disney animated character; how Creative Narrations helps people tell their personal stories; and the tale of a princess who doesn't need to be rescued or married from "Stories That Soar!".

Molly McGee hero Ashly Burch is the voice of Molly McGee in the Disney animated show "The Ghost and Molly McGee."
Courtesy of @GhostandMolly on Twitter

Arizona Spotlight

April 6, 2023

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Featured on the April 5th, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Meet some members of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona, including Kate Elliott, the group’s new director. They are gearing up for “All In for Autism Day” on Saturday, April 15th at Rillito Race Track. It’s a community event that offers resources, support and celebration for anyone in need. Ticket and event information can be found here!
All in for autism poster unsized VIEW LARGER Poster for All in For Autism event on April 15th, 2023.

  • Ashly Burch is a Phoenix native who grew up loving animation and video games. Today, she voices the character Molly in the Disney animated series “The Ghost and Molly McGee”. Adiba Nelson talks with Burch about not just following - but catching up - with your dreams.
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Courtesy of Adiba Nelson
Molly McGee spotlight 1 The season 2 premier of Disney's "The Ghost and Molly McGee" airs on April 1st, streaming on Disney XD & Disney+.
Courtesy of Disney
Molly McGee unsized VIEW LARGER The Disney animated show "The Ghost and Molly McGee" follows a 13-year-old girl who is "cursed for eternity" by her new ghostly pal Scratch.
Courtesy of Disney

  • Meet Jen Nowicki Clark, the director of Creative Narrations. They are a local organization that helps people record and produce high quality video short stories about their experiences, including a new series about life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jen Nowicki Clark Creative Narrations Jen Nowicki Clark joined us in the Arizona Public Media radio studios to talk about a storytelling video project in the Tucson community.
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  • And, the Tucson non-profit Literacy Connects sponsors a group of performers and musicians called “Stories That Soar!”. They help young writers realize the power and potential of bringing their stories to life, for the stage, video, and radio. We are now presenting these stories on the first Thursday of every month here on Arizona Spotlight. This time, we’ll hear a story about a strong willed princess who greatest enemies are stereotypes.It was written by Cayla, a 5th grader at Fruchthendler Elementary, called NOT a Fairy Tale. It was produced by the Stories that Soar! creative team, with middle school students from the Youth Center Program at Literacy Connects. Aspiring student-age writers can submit their stories to The Magic Box Story Portal now!
Not a fairy tale spot 2 A still from "Not a Fairy Tale" performed by Stories that Soar!
not a fiary tale unsized VIEW LARGER A still from "Not a Fairy Tale" performed by Stories that Soar!
Not a Fairy tale spot 1 A still from "Not a Fairy Tale" performed by Stories that Soar!

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