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We discuss a difficult, often grim, but vital issue this hour: when people with disabilities are murdered by their caregivers or family members. According to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, more than 400 people with a disability were murdered by a family member or caregiver in the last five years. In court, perpetrators often receive lighter sentences, and when these crimes are covered in the media, they are frequently described as "mercy killings."

Disability rights advocates are calling for change. They say when the justice system and the media handle murders of this nature in these ways, they dehumanize victims. We discuss the impact on the disability community with our guests:

Stephanie Woodward was one of 20 Rochester-area disability rights activists arrested while protesting the Senate health care bill in Washington, D.C. last week. The group, called ADAPT, staged a “die-in” outside of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.

Woodward is the director of advocacy for the Center for Disability Rights. She says the bill’s proposed cuts to Medicaid would be devastating to people with disabilities, and without it, people who now live independently would be forced into nursing homes.

Woodward joins us in studio to talk about her experience in Washington, and what she hopes to see with the health care bill.

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have some unintended consequences on the most vulnerable: children with disabilities. On this special Move to Include edition of Need to Know we’ll learn how special education in our public schools may see unbearable funding cuts.

Also on the show, some local disability rights advocates were recently detained outside the White House. We’ll discuss what they’re calling on President Trump to do and if he’s responded.

And a complex journey for a local artist unfolds on canvas. How local talent is awakening our understanding of deaf culture through art.

Move to Include and the Inclusion Desk is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The elections are upon us and while Boards of Elections are installing technology in polling places to enable people with disabilities to vote, the enrollment amongst that community is still very low. The Center for Disability Rights is out to change that with the New York Disability Vote Network

Then we'll sit down with the CEO of Columbia Care and hear about the business model for the medical marijuana company that is housed at Eastman Business Park.

New U.S. Labor Department regulations will require federal contractors – of which there are nearly 50,000 companies with approximately 200,000 establishments – to set a target of having 7 percent of their workforce be comprised of employees with disabilities. Colleges and universities are being asked to do more to adequately prepare students with disabilities for the workforce, because current statistics show they are not prepared.  RIT is being cited as a shining example of what one university is doing in this arena. The National Organization on Disability hosted a news conference with RIT, and they join us to talk about how to make a workplace achieve this standard. 

We start this hour with gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. The Republican is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo for the top seat in New York. Then, as part of our Move To Include series, we talk about the new U.S. Labor Department regulations that will require federal contractors to set a target of having 7 percent of their workforce be comprised of employees with disabilities. College and universities are being asked to do more to adequately prepare students with disabilities for the workforce, because current statistics show they are not prepared.  RIT is being cited as a shining example of what one university is doing in this arena, and representatives from RIT are with us in studio. 

The second annual Effective Access Technology Conference will bring together experts to share ideas and innovative solutions to the challenges in applying technology to improve access for people with a variety of disabilities. From injured veterans to the elderly to people with other challenges, there are a wide range of applications. We talk about this with our guests:

Need To Know Rochester: Dialogue on Disability

Jan 14, 2013

Elissa Orlando discusses intellectual and developmental disabilities with Dr. Stephen Sulkes from the University of Rochester Medical Center. This discussion is part of WXXI's Dialogue on Disability week.