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Inclusion Desk

The Inclusion Desk is a multi-platform reporting effort by WXXI News to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. The Inclusion Desk grew from the Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

iPads are giving a voice to children who cannot speak.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Cantalician Center are learning to communicate in a new way in the classroom and at home.


Relationships are one of the keys to a richer life for people with disabilities.

That was the main message from an international speaker who visited Rochester today. 

Al Condeluci has traveled the world with this message; it's something that became clear to him years ago as he observed his cousin Carrie, who had Down syndrome.

Carrie was a natural part of Condeluci's family, but she was not connected to her community at large. What she needed, he said, was more social capital.

Soapbox racing started in the 1930s and in Rochester, there’s a pretty solid fan base among Rochester teens willing to ditch their smartphones, tablets and video games to get outside for a little healthy competition.

WXXI’s Denise Young introduces you to these youngsters and explains why the real thrill of racing is the camaraderie built on the track by these ‘Super Kids’.

Our Move to Include conversation expands on the recent headline: Lifetime Assistance is Expanding Independent Housing Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities with New Approach that will Improve Quality of Life and Cost Less.

So what exactly is changing?

We'll meet the people involved:

-Cori Piels, moving into the Frances Apartment in August.

-Karalee Piels, Cori’s mother.

-Luther St. Joy, resident of the Frances Apartment.

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Finding the right place to live requires a different type of checklist for individuals with developmental disabilities. And for those seeking independent housing the barriers can be daunting. But now there’s a new local model created to change that. Easing the transition to independent living on this special Move to Include edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, they’re called “Super Kids” for a reason. We’ll learn about a local group teaching young people with disabilities far more than the skill of racing.

Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI’s weekly news and public affairs program Need to Know, was honored at the Center for Disability Rights’ (CDR) Annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Gala Fundraiser at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Thursday night.

Hofer received the Adele Carlson Advocacy Award in recognition of her extensive coverage on disability issues. Her coverage is part of WXXI’s on-going Move to Include initiative in partnership with the Golisano Foundation.

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It has become easier for Monroe County residents who have disabilities to navigate the sometimes frustrating process at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Reasonable accommodations can be requested when people make an online reservation for a DMV appointment at the Greece, Henrietta, and Irondequoit locations.  There is now also an option on the DMV's recorded message at (585) 753-1604 to request special accommodations for people with disabilities at another location when possible.

An international disability rights activist known for his work in native Saudi Arabia is in Rochester. Mohammed Saad joins us to talk about his work to make a variety of every day life experiences more accessible for the visually impaired, including cooking, using technology, and event photography. He's our guest for the hour. 

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Two area lawmakers brought a number of service providers and other agencies together Friday in an effort to help the families impacted by the sudden closure of a local daycare operation.

It’s now estimated that more than 150 families were affected by last week’s closing of the Stepping Stones Learning Center, an Irondequoit daycare that provided daycare and classroom instruction for a number of children, many of them with developmental disabilities.

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Like most teenage boys, Johnny Berg loves music and electronics of all types.

But every year, as summer nears, Johnny straps on a helmet and becomes a Super Kid.

Johnny is among the young competitors in the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby who love getting in their cars every year and letting gravity speed them down the hill on Lakeshore Boulevard.

Tammi and John Berg decided to get their 17-year-old son involved in the derby’s Super Kids program in 2014.

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