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Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

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With 10 minutes left to go in his private session at CP Rochester, a little boy took the hand of physical therapist, Karen Terp, and led her to the hallway for an afternoon stroll.

“You want to walk? Ok,” Terp said.

It was Pablo Picasso who said “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” So to what degree can art heal, bring peace and lead to recovery in particular for those battling mental health disabilities? On this edition of Need to Know we learn about the impact of creative arts and other forms of therapy and treatment for mental illness.

The college and career conversation is a big deal for young people leaving high school. For individuals with intellectual disabilities, there was a point in time when such conversations didn’t happen. However, gains are being made in part because of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and because of parents and advocacy groups fighting for better access to postsecondary education. Now, there are more than 200 programs on college campuses around the United States, including a handful in Rochester, making the transition from high school to college and career possible for this demographic.

On this edition of Need to Know, the college and career conversation is a big deal for young people leaving high school but for individuals with intellectual disabilities, there was a point in time when such conversations didn’t happen. However, gains are being made in part because of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and because of parents and advocacy groups fighting for better access to postsecondary education.

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

What’s set to take place after the Presidential inauguration this week is nothing less than “a global movement.” That’s according to one of the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington. There are nearly 400 women’s marches planned throughout the US and on six continents on January 21st, all inspired by the women-led DC march. The idea is to bring together women and men of all ages, races and backgrounds to be proactive about women’s rights and social justice under a trump presidency. More than twenty of the “Sister Marches” as they’re being called are taking place in upstate New York.

The fight for Mayor of the City of Rochester is on. Former Police Chief and Monroe County legislator, James Sheppard, is the first to officially throw his hat into the ring. Need to Know’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer spoke with Sheppard this week to learn why he believes now more than ever is his time to run. He also shares what he’ll bring to the city that he says we have yet to see with our current administration.

This is the first of several interviews on Need to Know for the 2017 Mayoral race in Rochester.

The race for Rochester’s next mayor kicks off as the first official contender enters the ring. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn what James Sheppard will bring to the table that he says Mayor Lovely Warren hasn’t.

John Geer

Roadside billboards are going up around the country this month featuring the face of a Rochester child. Her name is Brook Stagles. Police say the 3-year-old who died late last year was the victim of a homicide. Her father and his girlfriend have been charged in her death. It’s the grandfather of Brook Stagles who is putting the billboards up to raise awareness around child abuse. He has told local media outlets that Child Protective Services was notified about Brook’s situation weeks before her death. But it’s no secret that CPS workers have more cases than they can handle and the numbers are only going up.

On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn why is this happening, how is this happening, and realistically what can be done to help fix it.

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