Editor's Letter: Get Involved!

This spring, Mary Carrington’s picture of the Coney Island boardwalk took 2nd place in an online photo contest called “Discover America Through Postcards.” It was an exciting win for the 40-year-old Brooklynite and her companions in the Block Institute Photo Group, 20 developmentally disabled adults who are learning photography and volunteering their own services as photographers. They started just two years ago with a handful of members shooting with single-use cameras—now they share a compact

This spring, Mary Carrington's picture of the Coney Island boardwalk took 2nd place in an online photo contest called "Discover America Through Postcards." It was an exciting win for the 40-year-old Brooklynite and her companions in the Block Institute Photo Group, 20 developmentally disabled adults who are learning photography and volunteering their own services as photographers. They started just two years ago with a handful of members shooting with single-use cameras—now they share a compact digital camera, tripod, and other gear. "Therapeutically, it's been incredible," says Todd Adelman, director of special projects at the Block Institute in Brooklyn.